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Published March 22, 2010, 09:32 PM

Mayville City Leaders Planning For Future Flood Fights

Spring flooding in Mayville may have been a non-emergency event this year, but tonight city leaders came together to talk about what went smoothly and how to better prepare for next year.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Spring flooding in Mayville may have been a non-emergency event this year, but tonight city leaders came together to talk about what went smoothly and how to better prepare for next year. The Goose River has already crested there, and it did so without any major incidents. Unless we get a lot of unexpected rain, the river level should continue to drop.

City leaders say this year's flood fight went well. They suggested building up a dirt ramp to make it easier for machinery to get to the river to break up ice jams. They also discussed putting gauges on bridges to get an accurate reading of the river level. They said the gauges would be safest on the bridges and out of the flow of the river.

"When it does happen again we'll be able to tell the difference in the water, if it's holding much or not," said Volunteer Firefighter Eric Nesheim.

"We're talking about being proactive, I think that did carry through, and I think that's why everything did go as smoothly as it went even though we didn't see the crest as high as what we were expecting," said Public Works Director Byron Kleven.

City leaders say their goal is for spring flooding to not be an event at all. They want to be able to watch the water come up without worrying about it.

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