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Published July 28, 2010, 06:21 PM

Grant Helps Crookston's Flood Protection

The Minnesota DNR is giving Crookston a nine million dollar grant to help fund some of their flood projects.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

The Minnesota DNR is giving Crookston a nine million dollar grant to help fund some of their flood projects. Before 2008 Crookston was determined to be one of the most flood-prone cities in Minnesota.

Officials with the City of Crookston said they are able to give flood-prone neighborhoods more relief.

Specifically the Jerome's addition near the Red Lake River and across from the old ice arena. It is a mostly residential neighborhood that experiences a lot of flooding when the river level rises in the spring.

The grant money part of Minnesota's 2010 bonding bill, and officials said the extra flood protection helps bring awareness.

"As a region we certainly understand the need for flood protection. And we do our best in order to advocate for that," said City Administrator Aaron Parrish.

Parrish said the money will help build more levees, and put in a drainage infrastructure to help pump water when they have to close their sewer system.

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