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FEMA to certify Crookston dikes

Flood insurance rates for some Crookston residents should drop soon.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to certify city dikes, which means property in the Sampson and Jerome additions will be transferred from the 100-year flood plain to the 500-year flood plain, according to Pat Kelly, the city’s public works director.

The city received a notification from FEMA this week.

The new flood plain map will become effective Nov. 14, following a 90-day comment period.

Once residents receive official notification, the city plans to launch a marketing campaign to encourage property owners with mortgages to contact their mortgage holders about adjusting their property insurance premiums.

Maps of the new floodplain may be reviewed at Crookston City Hall, 124 N. Broadway.

For more info: call Mike MacDonald, community development director, at (218) 281-1232.

Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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