Fargo Residents Consider Flood Control Plans

Wed June 10, 2009 - Midwest Edition

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A $1 billion diversion project and a $625 million levee system are two flood control options being discussed by Fargo-area residents.

The Army Corps of Engineers presented the proposals at a May 19 meeting.

The diversion would start where the Wild Rice River meets the Red River a few miles south of Fargo, and run to a point northwest of Kragnes, Minn.

Army Corps engineer Aaron Snyder said the project could mean an end to sandbagging. He said residents could be taking pictures of the river instead of fighting to save their homes.

The corps is seeking public comments before it chooses a plan and submits it to Congress for approval. The agency hopes to make its choice in January, but construction might not start until at least 2012.