Benson golf

(Benson MN-) A meeting takes place next week to talk about flood protection for a vulnerable section of The City of Benson. The owners of the 20 to 30 homes in the Hawleywood Addition of Benson, near the golf course on the northwest side of town, have had to deal with flooding threats from the Chippewa River 3 or 4 times over the past 20 years. Often times the rising river levels are caused by ice jams under the BNSF Bridge. On March 24th an army of volunteers put up sandbags when an ice dam caused a flood threat, and construction equipment was brought in to break up the ice. The city came up with a protection plan a few years ago, but area residents were mixed on whether to move forward. Next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. a meeting takes place at the Benson Golf Club to talk about whether to build a permanent dike or diversion or deal with threats as they come, and they will take a look at past plans. All concerned citizens are invited to attend the meeting and give their input.