Fargo-Moorhead flood control effort digs inAug 10, 2022 12:41PM ● By Editor
By Dan Gunderson from Minnesota Public Radio News • August 9, 2022
Work is starting on a 30-mile long channel that will be a key part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood control project on the Red River between Minnesota and North Dakota.
A 20-mile long dam with large gated control structures south of Fargo-Moorhead will control the flow of water during floods, diverting a portion of the Red River into the channel, reducing the river level through the urban area.
The entire project is expected to cost about $3 billion and be operational by early 2027.
As officials and workers gathered at a North Dakota site about 10 miles north of Fargo, where the diversion channel will empty back into the Red River, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney recalled how his city narrowly avoided catastrophe in the record 2009 flood.
“We won that flood fight,” Mahoney said, but the narrow escape made local officials more determined than ever to make the Red River diversion a reality.
That project was delayed when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources withheld a key permit until the project was modified to mitigate impacts on upstream residents, and by several legal challenges which are now resolved.
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