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Landowners Voice Concern Over Diversion Plan

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Wednesday night in Horace, affected landowner expressed their concerns about the cost to protect the southern valley from floods. 

Here's the latest on where the F-M diversion sits:

The channel is now west of the existing Sheyenne diversion project, and one mile north. The Army Corps is also proposing a ring dike that would protect Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke Subdivision. The plan claims to bring significant cost savings, reduce the number of impacted residential structures, and reduce impacts to Richland and Wilkin counties.

In March, costs for permanent flood protection increased by $200 million... to $1.7 billion dollars. But the latest plan - preferred by the Diversion Authority - shaves $53 million off the overall price tag. Wednesday night, landowners grilled authority representatives about these plans. Landowners say the price of farmland has gone up significantly since the original proposal... and they're concerned authorities aren't budgeting enough to pay to buy out their farmland. They're also questioning whether the area needs the amount of protection they're asking for, saying the cost is astronomical. And right now, there's concerns about low federal dollars currently helping in Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Any changes to the diversion are not final until the supplemental environmental assessment is completed in July 2013.

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