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Published April 02, 2010, 05:45 PM

Peterson Making Oslo A Priority

If Oslo is going to get financial help to prevent itself from being an island every flooding season, it's going to have to come from the federal level.

If Oslo is going to get financial help to prevent itself from being an island every flooding season, it's going to have to come from the federal level. That's according to Representative Collin Peterson, who was in Oslo today.

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson is seeing first-hand how people near Oslo are dealing with flooding problems. Water is filling fields, and some can only get to their homes by boat.

Peterson says, "There's a lot of frustration. I would be frustrated if I lived there."

Today Peterson met with Oslo city leaders to talk about improving the town's situation during flooding. The main issue is building up Highway 1, so people have more access into and out of town when flood waters rise. For the last two straight years people in Oslo have lived on an island, surrounded by water.

Peterson says, "This has gone on enough. We need to resolve this."

But Peterson says getting money for the project hasn't been easy. The city has not had any luck at the state level.

Peterson says, "There's been more federal money available, and they couldn't spend it because they didn't have enough money to match it, so it's some of that, and there's so many other needs all over the state."

Peterson says in order for the road project to happen, he along with other Minnesota lawmakers, will have to make it a top priority at the national level.

"We at the federal level are just going to have to take a hold of this and try to earmark something to get this done. Otherwise it doesn't look like it's going to happen,” says Peterson.

Peterson says he will talk with the two senators in North Dakota and Minnesota about the road project.

In addition to building up the Highway, Oslo city leaders also talked with Peterson today about recertifying their dike.

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