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Published January 18, 2010, 11:42 AM

Fargo Flood Project

The mayor of Fargo says he hopes history will favor a flood protection plan that would divert water west of the city.

The mayor of Fargo says he hopes history will

favor a flood protection plan that would divert water west of the

city.

The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at whether a North Dakota

diversion project estimated to cost more than $1 billion will meet

its budget formula. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says the corps will

need to revise its latest figures for that to happen.

Walaker says the so-called cost-benefit ratios are open to

interpretation. He says he hopes the corps considers the effect

that a flood could have on business in the state's largest city. He

says it took Grand Forks 10 years to get back to where it was

before the 1997 flood.

The corps is scheduled to release new cost-benefit figures on

Feb. 1.

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