Oxbow Mayor: Latest diversion plan not set in stoneOxbow, ND (WDAY TV) - Don't panic. That message tonight from the mayor of Oxbow as 60 homeowners from the Bakke and Hickson subdivisions packed a meeting to learn more about how the Army Corps new plan for a diversion will affect their communities.
That new plan could send an addition 3 to 7 feet of water into those areas during a flood and has homeowners concerned they could lose their homes and neighborhoods altogether.
Nyhoff says even though the new plan looks bad for everyone in that area, it's not set in stone. He says people downstream fought against the Corps original plan and won and now the upstream communities are hoping to do the same.
"This is just a plan on paper right now."
Nyhoff says the worst thing would be for everyone, independently to start sounding off. He says they need to come together and speak with once voice against the corps plan.
"They can't do this without everyone being okay with it."
Nyhoff says part of the corps new plan is to ring dike the area. He says it'd wipe out about 40 homes in Oxbow and the golf course and says the town couldn't survive and everyone would leave not only in Oxbow, but in the surrounding townships, too.
"I would maybe leave."
Nyhof says he has talked with the attorneys who represented the downstream communities. They haven't hired an attorney yet. People in Hickson and Bakke will meet again December 7th to come up with their list of concerns.