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Published March 10 2011

Lisbon City Council sets meeting on buyouts

LISBON, N.D. – A Lisbon City Council meeting is planned on Monday to decide how to move forward with flood protection buyouts, said City Auditor Rachel Eppler.

Irv Rustad, executive director of executive director of Lake Agassiz Regional Council, said 17 homes have been identified as buyout options for the city in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The total cost of the project would be $1.2 million.

If the city allows FEMA to assist in purchasing the homes, the city would only need to come up with $180,000, he said.

FEMA does not allow permanent flood protection measures to be built, so the city has considered undertaking some of the buyout process on its own.

The National Weather Service predicts the Sheyenne River has a 50 percent chance of reaching 17 feet this year. In 2009, the river crested at 22.86 feet.

Lisbon is about 75 miles southwest of Fargo.