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Published October 02, 2012, 04:00 PM

Hope for a Flood Fix on the Horizon for Oslo Residents

After nearly three years of planning earthen levees and floodwalls are going up in Oslo.

After nearly three years of planning earthen levees and floodwalls are going up in Oslo.

Work started in late August on the $11.5 million project. Phase one of the project included a new water plant and water storage tank being constructed on the dry side of the levy. Phase two started in late August with some houses being removed followed by levy construction on the West side of town. Construction is on schedule which is expected to wrap up by November 15th. Then in the spring it's on to phase three where one to three feet of topsoil will be added to the levies. Since the small town gets surrounded by water during big floods many who live there are excited to see the extra traffic and work finally being done. Most of the project is being covered by flood mitigation funds through the DNR which is also doing water flow testing. That will help decide what to do about people getting in and out of town, whether it's adding a bridge, culverts or raising the road.

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