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Valley City moves closer toward flood protection

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - Valley City is moving forward with its plans for permanent flood protection for the city.

The City Commission on Tuesday approved the plan for the project's first phase. It includes a combination of clay dikes and flood walls in the Valley City State University area. Future phases would likely protect the majority of homes in the city.

Mayor Bob Werkhoven says the first phase of construction is estimated to cost about $12 million. City officials expect to talk with the State Water Commission in the coming weeks to try and secure funding for the project.

Werkhoven says the city has bought out more than 40 homes already in flood-prone areas where permanent protection will go. He said there are still more homes the city plans to buy in the future.