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Published July 27, 2010, 09:20 PM

Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion May Impact Grand Forks & East Grand Forks

A Representative from Norman County met with East Grand Forks City Leaders to update them on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion.

A Representative from Norman County met with East Grand Forks City Leaders to update them on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion. Norman County has major concerns that the diversion will bring more water to its towns. Norman County is asking the Corps of Engineers to slow down and allow more time for comments on the diversion.

Norman County Commissioner Steve Jacobson is concerned about the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion. He told East Grand Forks City Council tonight the flood level could go up 17 inches in downstream communities.

Steve Jacobson/Norman County Commissioner:"The corps of Engineers have not determined the impact because of the diversion north of Halstad, MN those impacts may be great and inmanageable and its my opinion people situated north of Halstad deserve a time period to comment of the impacts that's going to come for them from the Fargo-Moorhead diversion. "

Jacobson says the Army Corps of Engineers is taking away the right for public comments on the diversion from the people of Halstad and other downstream communities like Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. East Grand Forks City Council leaders appear to support the diversion, but some now say more information is needed about the downstream impacts.

Lynn Stouss/EGF Mayor:"We do not want to slow them down its a good project but we do have to know if its going to have any impact of the cities north of Fargo and Moorhead and if so what's going to be done to stop any flooding of those communities. "

Norman County is fully against building a diversion. But some on the East Grand Forks Council says Fargo-Moorhead needs the protection.

Mike Pokrzywinski/EGF City Council: "We need to make sure we don't do anything to stand in the way of Fargo Moorhead getting the kind of protection they need they can't keep going through this flooding every year."

Steve Jacobson/Norman County Commissioner:"We fully deliberated our position on the impacts, we just determined any way you slice it the impacts on Norman County are unmanageable."

On Tuesday the East Grand Forks Council will vote On a resolution to ask the Army Corps of Engineers for more information about the impacts of the diversion and ask for a reasonable amount of time for public comments.

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