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Corps of Engineers awards $2.4 million contract for Roseau flood project

Published Jan. 28, 2014
Corps of Engineers awards $2.4 million contract for Roseau flood project

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, recently awarded a $2.468 million contract to Gladen Construction Inc. of LePorte, Minn., to complete a 0.25 mile portion of a flood damage reduction project in Roseau, Minn.

The Roseau River flows north through the city. Most of Roseau is located in the regulatory floodplain, because the city is very flat and relatively low in elevation. Once the river flows out of its banks, it flows throughout most of the city. From June 9 to 11, 2002, intense rainfall over the river basin dumped an extraordinary amount of water into the area. This water quickly collected and drained into the Roseau River, overtopping the city's levee system and flooding most of the developed area. The flood damage was extensive, resulting in significant damage to downtown businesses and private residences.

The Roseau project will include constructing approximately 8.75 miles of earth levees, 4.5 miles of diversion channel, an inlet structure and an outlet structure. Construction of the diversion channel began in 2010. Since then, 3.5 miles of the channel has been excavated and the outlet structure has been completed. With the completion of this contract, 0.75 miles of channel and the channel inlet structure remain to be constructed.

The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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