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Published March 31, 2011, 09:56 AM

Frustrated homeowners vent their concerns over the new diversion alignment

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More frustrated homeowners are venting their concerns over the new diversion alignment released Wednesday. Tonight, most of the worry is coming from people in West Fargo and Horace.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

About 200 were at that meeting, asking questions and getting some of their concerns answered. Again, we are seeing support for a Minnesota 35k option.

However, project leaders say that option does not protect West Fargo from other flooding tributaries or from a 500 year flood event. That happens when the Red River reaches 46.7 feet.

Another benefit is the new North Dakota plan would take out 6 point 8 square miles of land in West Fargo, out of the 100 year flood plain. Still homeowners are not happy.

STEVEN STREMICK - West Fargo Homeowner: “We might protect 50 to 100 structures. Which is nothing, and we are asked to pay our fair share of it, which is probably in the 100’s of millions to protect 50 structures, I guess I don’t understand this.”

MARTY JOHNSON - Horace Homeowner: “You’re saying this is fair? This plan is fair for one town and one town only and it is Fargo, North Dakota.”

Another major concern, what this plan means for West Fargo schools. Leaders say there are far more positives than negatives. Schools and homes that are south of I-94 need to be protected from a 100-year flood. There are growth opportunities north to add to the tax base.