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Published May 17, 2012, 05:37 PM

Minnewaukan Getting $4.8M for Home Relocation, Demolition

MINNEWAUKAN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The city of Minnewaukan has some new leverage in the flood fight against Devils Lake. FEMA awarded the city nearly $5 million to relocate some homes and demolish others.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

MINNEWAUKAN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The city of Minnewaukan has some new leverage in the flood fight against Devils Lake. FEMA awarded the city nearly $5 million to relocate some homes and demolish others.

The funds took more than a year to secure. But city officials say now the relocation project should move much faster as the town fights for survival.

The wait is over. After applying for the money last spring, Minnewaukan now has $4.8 million to help save the town from the lake that threatens to swallow it.

"We will have 18 plus the three school houses on the relocation and we have 59 homes that are signed up for the acquisition," Flood Project Manager Sherri Thompson said.

The buildings in the acquisition program will simply be demolished, but ones in the relocation program will move across the highway next to the new school.

"There's a lot of buildings being moved in town, and the new school being built that is gonna be a blessing in itself for the town, and it's a nice piece of land they picked," Minnewaukan resident John Baldwin said.

Despite the long wait for the money, Minnewaukan residents say the funds will go a long way to help save buildings and keep people from leaving their homes.

"I'm saying they won't have to worry about water coming up and they won't have to worry so much about water in the basement most all the time," Baldwin said.

"We have such a small community and we only have so much money it's hard to do big projects like this when you only have less than 200 people left in the town," Thompson said.

The city is still waiting for word on a $1.2 million economic development grant to fund infrastructure projects before they start moving homes to the new town site.

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