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Published March 28, 2011, 10:22 AM

Members of ND's Congressional delegation get a first hand look at flood protection measures

Members of North Dakota's Congressional delegation boarded a bus to get a first hand look at FEMA buyouts and to see projects that were underway and others Cass County hopes to get federal funding for.

(WDAY TV) - Cass County officials are letting the North Dakota Congressional delegation know what the county will need for future flood protection. County Commissioners and staff presented a break down of the nearly 35-millions dollars the county has spent over the last 3-years.

Plus, future projects totaling almost another 16-million the county would like to complete with the help of the Federal Government, even with a potential Red River Diversion. The Congressional delegation also toured flood projects south of Fargo.

Members of North Dakota's Congressional delegation boarded a bus to get a first hand look at FEMA buyouts and to see projects that were underway and others Cass County hopes to get federal funding for.

In the Round Hill Subdivision, they got a look at a dike constructed out of Trapbags to protect the neighborhood from the Wild Rice River.

In Heritage Hills, nearly all the homes have been removed with help from FEMA money with the three remaining either waiting to move or to be torn down. In Oxbow, Mayor Jim Nyhoff expressed frustration with FEMA regulations.

JIM NYHOFF: “FEMA does not allow permanent levees to be built on property that was bought out with FEMA money and this is not a problem only in Oxbow.”

In addition to getting FEMA to change it regulations, Cass County is also hoping the delegation will get the agency to speed up payments the county is owed from last years flood. Cass County has bought out 69 homes over the last two years and there are 7 more in the process of being purchased.

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