Sioux Falls Approves $38 Million for Levee Project

January 7, 2009

Sioux Falls City Council members voted on Jan. 5 to issue bonds for a levee project, but they hope it’s included it the federal economic stimulus package.

The $38 million will be used to finish raising the levees around the city and protect about 1,900 homeowners and businesses from future flooding.

One homeowner in the newly created flood plain said it would have cost him an extra $1,600 a year in flood insurance if the city did not make the improvements.

Town leaders will now look at including the project in President-elect Barack Obama’s plan to spur the economy.

The vote was 7-1 in favor of issuing the bonds.

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