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F-M Diversion Authority meets with visitors

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A St. Paul Division Army Corps of Engineers representative says they have analyzed an alternative diversion plan from the MnDak Upstream Coalition, which would get rid of the need of ring dikes around Oxbow, Bakke, and Hickson.

But the Corps says that plan impacts more homes and costs more than their original proposal. 

Feb. 2, Fargo's City Hall welcomed a few special visitors from the Mississippi Valley Division and the St. Paul Division to two meetings and a tour of the proposed Red River diversion project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division encompasses 370,000 square miles- to include the Red River of the North.

"This was a chance to show them the city and get them out to see a little bit about what is planned for the project," says Judy DesHarnais of the St. Paul Division.

The two representatives from the Corps, Mississippi Valley Division Commander Brig. Gen. Duke DeLuca and St. Paul District Commander Col. Dan Koprowski joined the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and local community leaders for the meetings.

"We have the sponsor and the Corps of Engineers meet together usually every two or three months to talk about what's going on and get a status update on the project, what the next steps are," she says.

After the executive leadership council meeting, the Diversion Authority and Fargo and Moorhead community leaders shared a little about the flood history.

"We have a good project designed by a good group of people and so forth and if this project goes forward, do we have to wait for a catastrophe? I mean, it's just crazy," Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said during the meeting.


Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams noted that Moorhead sits four feet higher, but 55 percent of residents work in Fargo.

"My citizens feel high and dry and not concerned when I talk with them about it. What happens to Fargo, happens to us," she says.

The day concluded with a bus tour to see the areas involved in the diversion project.

"We will also go down to the Oxbow area and take a look at where those levies would be," says DesHarnais

The bus tour left from Fargo City Hall, traveled through Moorhead and looped around Oxbow and Hickson to see projects both ongoing and completed and the areas both protected and unprotected by the proposed diversion.

An Army Corps of Engineers representative says they are continuing the design process, even while responding to the lawsuit from the MnDak Upstream Coalition.

 



 

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