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New district discussed for levee repair funding

Havre, Hill County and Great West Engineering meet to discuss creating flood district


Last updated 3/9/2021 at 12:02pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Snow covers the Milk River Levee in late February. Havre and Hill County are discussing forming a new District to help pay matching costs to repair the levee, which is in danger of being rated as failing and requiring flood insurance coverage in the area, as well as risking major floods like the community hasn't seen since the 1950s.

Havre city and Hill County officials met with Jeremiah Theys of Great West Engineering at Bear Paw Development Corp. Monday to discuss the possibility of replacing RSID 10 with a district encompassing a more accurate flood district that would raise tax dollars necessary to pay for repairs to the Milk River Levee.

The levee, which was completed in 1957, was designed to prevent destructive flooding that often devastated the area.

Havre and North Havre flooded fairly regularly, sometimes severely, before the levee system was completed.

However, after inspections in 2014 and 2015, the U.S. A...

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