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Associated Press, Published March 15 2010

FLOOD UPDATE: Corps recommends construction of emergency levees in Jamestown, LaMoure

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending that Jamestown and LaMoure build emergency levees similar to the ones put up last year.

The corps has raised its estimate of releases from the Jamestown and Pipestem reservoirs into the James River, after rain upstream of the dams last week.

Clay and sandbag dikes were used to battle flooding last spring in Jamestown. The city also had problems with its sanitary sewer system.

Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist says residents should be aware of the situation but shouldn't panic. He says it should be less of a challenge to prepare this year because of the work done last year.

A public meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jamestown High School. A meeting is set in the LaMoure school on Monday night.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.