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Published February 22, 2011, 05:10 PM

Drayton, ND, City Leaders Prepare For Spring Flood

City leaders will meet soon to talk about this year's flood plan, but they don't plan on making any major changes from years past.

"I will be buying flood insurance this spring, just to be prepared," said store owner Kelly Bakken.

Bakken's store, Kelly's Country Market, sits only 100 feet from an earthen dike that holds back the river from Drayton's Main street during flooding season. For him, flood insurance is a must.

"If it would flood and would have to use the flood insurance it's a small price to pay," said Bakken.

This year, Drayton is expecting a crest of 41.1 to 45.4 feet. But city officials are confident that their flood protection plan will protect the town like years before.

"Am I worried about it getting up in time and being effective? Not at all. We do it ever year. We do fight the flood every year," said Drayton's Mayor Ardis Olson.

Olson says all they can do is wait for the spring melt, because it all depends on the amount of precipitation from now until spring. But the city will be ready for anything.

"Our community is always prepared for a flood. It may be worse than other years, but I think we can handle it and I sure hope we can. We have good people in place to do that," said Olson.

But Bakken knows that living here, anything can happen.

"I'm still a little worried, but not going to panic or anything," said Bakken.

Olson says, with the completion of the new Drayton bridge, they hope water will flow faster through the area.

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