Red River diversion group agrees to lower ring levee after complaints from Minnesota officials

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FARGO, North Dakota — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has approved a plan to lower a ring dike south of the metropolitan area after Minnesota officials complained that it should not have been built.

KFGO radio reports that the change will provide flood protection at the 100-year level for the Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke areas, rather than the original 500-year level.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth, Minnesota, have criticized the authority for going ahead with the levee project before an environmental review was completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The planned $2 billion diversion project would include a holding area near Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke that would flood farmland in times in high water.

Information from: KFGO-AM,

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