The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with Roseau Mayor Jeffry Pelowski, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, state Rep. Dan Fabian, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources representative Kent Lokkesmoe and Mark Karl of Polaris Industries, dedicated the Roseau Flood Risk Management project August 18, 2015. The $44.6 million project includes a 4.5 mile diversion channel and 45 acres of recreation opportunities to include three birding sites, 9 miles of off-road vehicle trails, an ATV challenge course, 7 miles of multi-use trails and a trail head with parking and picnic area. The diversion channel was designed to divert floodwater around the city to reduce flood stages within the community.
Map of the Roseau, Minnesota, flood risk management project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, celebrated the completion of its Roseau, Minnesota, Flood Damage Reduction Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Roseau, Aug. 18.
The project provides flood risk reduction for the more than 2,800 residents and the infrastructure of Roseau. It included the building of a 4.5 mile diversion channel and 45 recreational areas of recreation opportunities to include the installation of a scenic overlook, two birding sites, 9 miles of off-road vehicle trails, an ATV challenge course and 7 miles of multi-use trails and a trailhead with parking and picnic area.
The St. Paul District began working with Roseau in 2002, when it responded to record flooding in this community. 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 levee system and flooding most of the city.
“Many of you remember the June 2002 intense rainfall event over the river basin that dumped an extraordinary amount of water into the area,” said Col. Dan Koprowski, St. Paul District commander, at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Since the 2002 flood, we’ve worked side-by-side with you to reduce the risk of flooding. And we are here today to celebrate a successful partnership with the city that has resulted in a safer place to live and work.”