State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has introduced legislation to help the City of Newport purchase fifteen properties along the temporary levee. Her bill, S.F. 453, provides $3.2 million in bonds to the City to help with this flood mitigation effort.
“This emergency levee was built in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers to provide temporary flood protection to the surrounding homes and sanitary sewage station. It was never intended to be a permanent levy and now, the city has a plan to provide more permanent flood protection. I’m bringing this bill forward at the request of the city of Newport,” explained Sen. Sieben.
Sen. Sieben will work to have this funding included in a capital investment package.
“Governor Dayton has been a strong advocate for flood-preparedness. I appreciate that he came to our area yesterday to coordinate state, federal and local resources to prepare for the spring flooding that is expected,” said Sen. Sieben. “At the meeting, in which Newport Mayor Tim Geraghty participated, Governor Dayton expressed support for the Newport levy project in a capital investment package. I will push hard for this bill to pass the Legislature.”
For more information, contact Sen. Sieben’s Capitol Office at (651) 297-8060.