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Associated Press, Published February 27 2012

Burleigh County plans $30M in flood projects

BISMARCK — Burleigh County officials have lined up $30 million in flood protection projects north and south of Bismarck.

The projects are in response to Missouri River flooding last year that prompted an emergency response, damaged hundreds of homes in the county and created property access problems.

The county water resource district and highway department together are working on more than 30 permanent flood protection projects. The majority deal with roads.

County commissioners have taken the first step to buy out four Hogue Island homes south of Bismarck so a permanent levee can be built to protect homes in the area.

Work on the projects will start this year, but some could take years to complete.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.