Corps to Draw Down Lake Traverse EarlyThe Army Corps of Engineers plans an early drawdown of Lake Traverse because of excessive moisture in the Red River Valley.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers plans an early
drawdown of Lake Traverse because of excessive moisture in the Red
The drawdown is to start Tuesday. The drawdown on Orwell Lake
will begin at the normal time of March 1.
The corps and officials in the Red River basin are gearing up
for anticipated spring flooding. The drawdowns provide more storage
space for spring runoff.
The corps also is working on a diversion channel to provide
long-term flood protection for Fargo and neighboring Moorhead,
Minn. A diversion worries some residents downstream on the
Minnesota state Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, says he will
offer an amendment to a public works funding bill that would
prohibit spending state money on the diversion if the corps does
not protect downstream communities.