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Published May 04, 2012, 11:35 AM

Proposed diversion change could benefit West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — West Fargo might get its wish, after all, on a proposed Red River diversion project.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — West Fargo might get its wish, after all, on a proposed Red River diversion project.

The Army Corps of Engineers is studying whether to move the channel farther west around the city because engineers say the current path of the channel presents technical challenges.

West Fargo officials had promoted a western-most channel to accommodate the city's growth. Corps officials rejected that idea because of the cost and said the plan could not be based on economic development.

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern tells The Forum newspaper (http://bit.ly/IrmzDO) that it's a positive development but says he's "going to step back and let what happens happen."

The 36-mile diversion around Fargo is estimated to cost $2 billion. The area battled major flooding for three straight years, including a record flood in 2009.

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Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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