City leader to update public on local flood projects

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Austin City Engineer Steven Lang will give a public presentation Thursday evening providing updates on the community’s ongoing flood-protection efforts.

Lang will present at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Public Library’s large meeting room. The event is open to the public and likely will last an hour or less.

Lang will discuss flood property acquisitions, the community rating system, the Cedar River Watershed District and structural flood mitigation. He also will talk about funding sources for flood projects.

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Details and photos on Austin’s North Main Street flood-control project also will be shared as work continues this summer in that area along and north of the Downtown Mill Pond stretch of the Cedar River.

The city — which launched a comprehensive flood plan following Austin’s worst-known flood in 2004 — will have two large maps on display related to Austin’s comprehensive, multi-phase flood plan.

Cedar River Watershed District also will have informational handouts available along with a couple of maps showing the watershed district’s boundaries and the Cedar River State Water Trail map created by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.