Corps signs off to officially start F-M Diversion project

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – It is an historic day in terms of protecting the Fargo-Moorhead community from the flooding which has plagued it over the years and caused millions of dollars in damage.

Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers, the cities of Fargo and Moorhead, and the Diversion Authority are agreeing to be partners and build a massive flood protection project.

The official signing ceremony means the Corps and the federal government are committing to the controversial diversion.

It will include a 30 mile long channel, which will divert flood waters around the F-M metro area, when needed.

The agreement also means work can soon get underway on the first part of the project: the diversion inlet. That is to be built south and east of Horace, North Dakota.

The diversion is estimated to cost more than two billion dollars. And you are paying for part of the local share every time you buy something, because a portion of the sales tax collected goes for flood protection.