O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Shore up Flood Damage


IDOT map of proposed changes.

At the May 21 O'Brien County Board of Supervisors meeting an agreement was tentatively struck to sell easements to Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) for flood control on Mill Creek.

According to Tony Lazarowicz, IDOT District 3 Engineer, Two easements will be discussed at a Public Hearing on June 11 at the Supervisors' meeting about the easements. The first easement is to allow IDOT access from Highway 10 to land owned by O'Brien County to build a retaining wall of rip rap. The second easement request is a permanent easement in order for IDOT to place and maintain the rip rap as needed. Less than one half acre is requested.

The rip rap is an effort for erosion control following normal and severe Flooding events on Mill Creek at Highway 10. The temporary easement will also allow access for bridge repairs sustained to the Highway 10 bridge in the fall 2018 flood event.


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