properties to ensure continued protection, but the offer was denied in October 2015. Boll says placement of temporary dikes (600+ truckloads in, 600 out) can cost the City between $100,000 and $200,000 (each time), and the City only receives federal funding IF the flood event has been declared a major disaster by the President of
United States. The cost of a replacement permanent levee system could cost the city up to 1.5 million dollars, which breaks down to about $1820 per resident. Residents are asked to pick their areas of concern and call their representatives in Bismarck to let them know the city needs their help.
Note: The city has needed the dikes 5 times since 1997
Expert From Letter to KXPO
What this means to you: 1) Each year you, the water user, would have to pay
between $250.00 to $500.00 more on your water bill. Older retired residents are
living on fixed incomes. The money must come from someone! 2) Removal of the
existing dikes poses a risk of slippage and damages to the infrastructure to city
streets and underground utilities. This cost would be on top of that extra water
bill. We have slip circles on our river leading to instabilities of the ground.
This could be a major expense. 3) What are the chances that the right weather
will cooperate to construct dikes each year when needed? 4) Where do we get this
dirt each year to construct the dikes? Once dirt is used for dike building, it
takes 5 years before it can be used again for a dike. 5) How do we keep vegetation
on the dikes if we must remove them every year? 6) Seems that Drayton is the
holding station for all the water from up stream, where the problem could last up
to 6 weeks. 7) We have one of the best schools around - what happens with that?
Will new families want to settle here if there are all these added expense and
problems? Drayton is a bedroom community where many commuters live. 8) There has
been an increase of housing development lately with young families planting roots
here, due in part to the security and peace of mind of our good dike system.
There was a city-wide meeting held on June 7.
The information from that meeting should indicate to you that the City of Drayton
has a real concern for its future and safety.
Heidi Heitkamp or Gail Hand office 701-775-9601 Cell 701-269- 5662
Kevin Cramer or Randy Richards office 701-738-4880
Senator Hoeven or Tom Brusegaard office 701-738-4880