Flood diversion appeals could last 'many months'

By Patrick Springer, West Fargo Pioneer -- February 14, 2019

FARGO — The overhauled Fargo-Moorhead diversion design has won a crucial permit from Minnesota regulators — subject to meeting more than 50 conditions — but still faces familiar complaints from upstream opponents.

The Buffalo Red River Watershed District and the towns of Wolverton and Comstock, all in Minnesota, are asking for hearings before the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to examine their concerns regarding upstream impacts.

The objections could further delay the $2.75 billion flood control project that would divert Red River floodwaters into a channel skirting Fargo-Moorhead. Officials have said inflation accounts for $150 million in cost increases so far for the project, which faces legal opposition.

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