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Minnesota River levee nearly half complete

September 22, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Work on New Ulm's new Minnesota River flood levee is nearly half done with a completion date at the end of October.

So far, the portion of the project from 18th Street at the Schell's Brewery warehouse to 14th South Street has been completed with some grading work done in the finished sections. Preliminary work on sections of the levee beyond that has also been completed.

The project currently has 12 workers using heavy equipment working each day, with an additional up to 12 workers driving trucks when they haul earth and clay.

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Staff photo by Josh Moniz

The New Ulm Minnesota River levee is nearing the halfway point of its construction in this week. The project is slated for completion by Oct. 30 with the project intended to end persistent spring flooding problems along the river.

The levee is intended to eliminate the persistent problem of severe spring flooding of homes along the Minnesota River. Last year's severe flooding was stemmed by a temporary clay berm the City of New Ulm constructed. The temporary berm run the same length as the permanent levee's proposed route, and the clay from the berm will be used in the levee's construction.

The finished levee will extend from 9th South Street to 19th South Street along the Minnesota River. It will be 814 feet above sea level, 2 feet above the 100-year flood mark, to protect against elements like waves. The top will be 12 feet wide to allow additional sandbags in the event of a historic flood.

The final cost of the project has been previously estimated around $2 million. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will provide up to $1 million for the project, with the City covering the remaining cost from its budget reserves.

Completion date is set for Oct. 30, with the assessment hearing set for Nov. 20.

Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at jmoniz@nujournal.com.

 
 

 

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