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Published February 08, 2010, 04:38 PM

Flood Reduction Project Wins Engineering Award

The Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Flood Protection Project is getting statewide recognition in Minnesota.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

The Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Flood Protection Project is getting statewide recognition in Minnesota. It has won one of the 2010 Seven Wonders of Engineering in Minnesota awards. The award is put out by the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers. The project took 10 years to design and build and cost more than $400 million. It's the largest flood damage reduction project that the St. Paul District of the Corps has ever completed. This project, which was finished in 2008, is designed to protect to a 250 year flood event.

Brad Bail/Assistant City Engineer: "It's exciting to see one of your projects, or a project you've been involved in, get some recognition for being something that's out of the ordinary."

Bail says the project is unique because instead of building unsightly flood protection structures, the flood walls were designed with colors and designs to help people accept and enjoy them.

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