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Published March 19, 2012, 10:21 PM

Army Corps details newest flood maps for Richland and Wilkin County

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - People in Richland and Wilkin counties are learning of the impacts the proposed Red River Flood Diversion project will have on their community. The Army Corps met with homeowners to talk about new flood maps.

People in Richland and Wilkin counties are learning of the impacts the proposed Red River Flood Diversion project will have on their community. The Army Corps met with homeowners to talk about new flood maps.

This meeting is meant to clear the air with these southern counties, who have joined together to halt the project until it won’t negatively affect them. Corps officials went over proposed maps for both counties for a 10, 50, 100, and 500 year flood event. Maps gave the exact detail of how many more structures and acres would be affected with these proposed maps.

What they found was a majority of impacted structures are already in the 50 year floodplain and many of the newly impacted acres are within the staging area and would be mitigated. Another big topic was increasing the flow through town from 9,600 CFS to 2,100 CFS. Corps officials listed some of the benefits from increasing flows.

Brett Coleman – Corps Project Manager: “Our project does not operate as much at 9,600 CFS. The gates would come down to reduce the flow through town which is approximately a 3.6 year event; with additional flow we cannot bring the gates down to about a ten to 15 year even something like that.”

The drawback is that increasing flows could affect more structures. Resident of both counties were not allowed to ask corps officials questions.

This meeting was specifically for the Corps to take questions from city officials. Some homeowners say it left more questions than answers. The Corp will be meeting next with Oxbow residents on the 27th.

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