Keeping Austin Dry

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AUSTIN, MN — Despite all the rain our areas received so far this year, one town is staying dry.

That’s all thanks to flood mitigation projects.

The city of Austin has not experienced flooding like it has in past years.

Some of those projects the city has done include buying properties in flood plains, and building walls along the Cedar River.

And city leaders say the projects are playing a big role in drying up those flooding concerns.

“In 2010, I believe it was our second highest water level we’ve ever had,” Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm said. “Yet, it was the second least amount of damage we ever had.  So, it’s paying off, the work we’ve done has been paying off.”

Stiehm adds the city is currently working on a North Main Street Mitigation Project.

That will mean more protection for businesses and workers in that area.

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