Flood Protection

Permit Denied For FM Diversion Project By Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

The Diversion Authority is already consulting with its lawyers about what the next step should be

FARGO, ND — The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District has voted against issuing a permit for the FM Diversion project. Chair of the FM Diversion Authority, Mary Scherling, says she is disappointed but hopes the two sides can still work out a compromise. The Diversion Authority is already consulting with its lawyers about what the next step should be. Scherling says…

LIVE: Cass County Begins Flood Protection with Sandbagging

People can volunteer on weekdays and weekends through April 5th

WEST FARGO– You can purchase bundles of 1,000 bags at the county’s highway department and have the sand delivered to your home. You can help the county reach its goal of filling 300,000 bags by signing up to volunteer online. Click on the link to sign up. Categories: Flood Fight 2019, Morning – In The Community Tags: Cass County, Flood Protection,…

Cass County Looking for Volunteers to Fill Sandbags

Volunteers are needed both weekdays and weekends. 

FARGO, ND — Cass County Government is seeking volunteers to fill sandbags at the Cass County Highway Shop located at 1201 Main Avenue West in West Fargo between Wednesday, March 27th and Friday, April 5th. Volunteers are needed both weekdays and weekends.  Weekday shifts run from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  On Saturday, March 30th, volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m….

Renegotiation Results In $300 Million Boost In Flood Protection For Red River Valley

Senator John Hoeven says the federal funding is essential to move Plan B forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Red River Valley flood protection just got an additional $300 million boost in federal money after the Assistant Secretary of the Army approved a renegotiation. “What this means now is that instead of funding $450 million for permanent flood protection, the Corp of Engineers will now fund $750 million for permanent flood protection in the Red River Valley,”…

Army Corps 2019 Work Plan Includes Another $35 Million For Fargo-Moorhead Flood Protection

The funding will cover work on the inlet structure south of Horace, the control structure on the Wild Rice River as well as additional design work

FARGO, ND — More federal money is going into flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead. Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp announced that $35 million is included for flood protection construction in the Army Corps 2019 work plan. Hoeven says the “funding comes at a critical time and will help ensure the project’s procurement process and construction can move forward”. The funding will cover work…

Local Leaders Discuss Diversion Progress, Additional Federal Funding

Senator John Hoeven and Major General Scott Spellmon were briefed on the current status of the project

FARGO, N.D. — As the Deputy Commanding Officer for Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Major General Scott Spellmon is used to dealing with natural disasters. But as he goes around the country to help out others, he looks to one day stop a catastrophe before it even happens. “He’s going from here to Florida. Now…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Minn. DNR Hold Public Meeting on F-M Diversion

The public got to learn about and comment on environmental impact drafts

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota DNR held a public meeting in hopes of getting feedback from the community. People who showed up at the Courtyard by Marriott got to see environmental drafts for the revised diversion plan. The USACE says that two big parts of the project have changed. “One is that…

Mayors And City Engineers Update Community On F-M Diversion Project

The FMWF Chamber Hosts Their Monthly Eggs And Issues Event

The F–M Diversion was the topic of discussion at this month’s Eggs & Issues hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. Mayor Tim Mahoney of Fargo and Mayor Williams of Moorhead along with city engineers addressed the status of the flood protection project and took questions from the community. Both mayors said that the task force was very beneficial…

Senator Hoeven Meets with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Nominee

President Trump nominated James to the Civil Works post earlier this year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven is pushing for flood protection from the nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. Hoeven met with R.D. James to introduce him to flood protection efforts in the Red River Valley and in Minot. President Trump nominated James to the Civil Works post earlier this year. If confirmed, James will play…

Moorhead, Fargo Mayors Weigh in on Federal Judge’s Block of F-M Diversion Project

The $2.2 billion proposal calls for a diversion channel to carry floodwaters around the Fargo area

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — U.S. District Judge John Tunheim has blocked construction on the F-M Diversion. Tunheim has ruled that the project needs to obtain the necessary permits from Minnesota before construction can proceed. Minnesota so far has rejected the permits. The $2.2 billion proposal calls for a diversion channel to carry floodwaters around the Fargo area. The F-M Diversion Authority and…