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Published October 21, 2009, 07:59 AM

Another packed flood meeting on possible diversions

(WDAY TV) - The second public flood meeting was the same as the first, packed. Homeowners in Minnesota filed in to see how a diversion would impact their lives. The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at three diversion sizes for just Minnesota. They range from 15 hundred to 22 hundred feet wide; the land use, five to seven thousand acres.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - The second public flood meeting was the same as the first, packed. Homeowners in Minnesota filed in to see how a diversion would impact their lives. The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at three diversion sizes for just Minnesota. They range from 15 hundred to 22 hundred feet wide; the land use, five to seven thousand acres.

Frank and Patti Kratky have lived in Oakport for 32 years; never before 2009 did they flood.

“It was 1.5 feet on the main floor.”

The couple spent months and money making major repairs to their home. Tonight, the Kratky's want to see how well these options will protect them.

“Because we want to know what's gonna happen.”

“Taking water out, around, however is most feasible.”

The Kratky's say they are for a Minnesota diversion because less infrastructure would be disrupted.

“It takes precedence over open, undeveloped land.”

Corps leaders say a diversion is the better solution than levees and will help in any flood. The diversions would cost between 960 million and 1.4 billion dollars.

“To find the optimal size, what size is going to give the best bang for the buck.”

If a diversion were in place last spring, officials say the Red River would have been at 30.4 feet in the metro. Not 40.8, but other communities would have suffered.

“Mainly the potential for downstream impacts and that's something will address through design.”

That along with cost worries the Kratkys. They say both states and everyone should benefit.

“Kragness and Ada and all those people have had the same problem and we need to not push the problem onto them.”

The impact on natural resources with a diversion is also not known. An unofficial plan will be released in January with the official in May.

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