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Published March 17, 2010, 03:56 PM

Oslo Building Up Dike Before Flood Waters Come

People in Oslo Minnesota are not taking any chances this year. The Army Corps of Engineers is putting putting up a temporary dike there today, that will keep the town dry against next weeks pending crest.

People in Oslo Minnesota are not taking any chances this year. The Army Corps of Engineers is putting putting up a temporary dike there today, that will keep the town dry against next weeks pending crest.

Inch by inch,trucks are moving the earth to keep flood waters out. The Army Corps of Engineers is adding on to the existing dike to block the predicated crest that could exceed 37-feet.

Scott Kosmatka/Ass. Emergency Manager: "At 37-feet with the levy we'd have water coming into the city of Oslo; at that level roads have the possibility of being closed off again."

Over the next 10 -15 hours these trucks behind me will move more than 4-thousand cubic feet of dirt here to the dike, which will raise it from its current level of 37-feet up to 40.

Without the extra padding Oslo could become a virtual lake for its roughly 350 residents who say they're not too concerned. Officials say the 2000-feet long stretch that's being added will have to be removed.

Scott Kosmatka/Ass. Emergency Manager: "It needs to be removed once the water level drops due to stability issues on this street."

The work will not end here. Starting tomorrow Oslo will need 36-people every 24-hours to walk the dikes until the water drops below 35 feet, which could be a while.

Scott Kosmatka/Ass. Emergency Manager: "With the projected longevity of the crest being two to three weeks it could cut us off again which we don't need."

The river should crest in Oslo sometime over the next two weeks.

Last year the water River levels hit 38-feet which will be a foot lower than this years projected crest.

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