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Published August 06, 2010, 04:12 PM

F-M Diversion Still Worrying People In Grand Forks

People who live in places already prone to flooding voiced some concerns this morning at a Grand Forks County Commission Meeting.

The proposed F-M Diversion could affect people downstream according to the Corps of engineers.

People who live in places already prone to flooding voiced some concerns this morning at a Grand Forks County Commission Meeting.

The meeting was for commissioners and concerned people from the area to make comments to send in to the Corps of Engineers before the August 9th deadline

The area of East Lake Estates and the Burke addition look pretty dry this time of year. But just last Spring it was a different story.

"East Lake Estates is between a river and a coolee Oxbow when it floods the water comes up and we basically become an island." concerned resident Kevin Pierce said.

East Lake Estates resident Kevin Pierce came to the Grand Forks County Commission meeting today with his concerns. He says his neighborhood could need some help if the water were to go even higher because of the F-M Diversion.

"We already spent two to six weeks in a boat the last three floods and we may be gaining a week or two more on boating and that get's pretty old." said Pierce.

Commissioners are writing up a draft report of the meeting today to meet the August 9th deadline for comments to the Corps of Engineers. Commissioners say with a possibility of water going up sixteen to twenty-one inches in the southern part of the county, they do have some concerns about a diversion.

"Flood protection is critical for the entire Red River Valley. One project should not negatively impact others downstream." Grand Forks County Commissioner John Schmisek said.

Kevin Pierce says he wants the Corps to know his neighborhood should be kept safe.

"We've been applying to different places and all over to try and find money to build a bridge to get in there and that'll help us a lot. I guess we're just looking for accurate readings in an area that's close to all these residents and some people are worried." Pierce said.

The county did pass the resolution on Tuesday to support the F-M diversion and basin-wide protection.

They tried to get an extension on the August 9th deadline for comments because they don't have all the research from the Corps on this area yet.

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