City asked to develop more detailed flood plan, costs

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Residents of northwest Benson would like to see the Benson City Council develop an updated flood protection plan to give them a better idea of what it might look like and what it would cost them.

The council conducted a special meeting at the Benson Golf Club last Wednesday night with 28 residents of the area. City Manager Rob Wolfington gave a brief history of past flood threats and efforts to address them, talked about the flood this spring, and outlined the flood control plan that was rejected by area residents in 2013.

He also explained the background on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood plain maps in force today were developed and the number of homes that potentially would be affected by a 100-year flood event.

It was a close call for residents of much of the Hawleywood addition in northwest Benson March 24 as flood waters rapidly began spreading across the golf course toward their homes. As the ice began breaking up on the Chippewa River, large floes piled up at the Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) bridge that parallels the Minnesota Highway 9 bridge in western Benson.

Those ice floes act as a dam, restricting water flow through the 17 pylon-structure that support the BNSF bridge....

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