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Published January 08, 2013, 09:06 PM

Army Corps of Engineers to meet with landowners about diversion options

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the next two days, the Army Corps of Engineers will meet one-on-one with landowners, discussing diversion options.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the next two days, the Army Corps of Engineers will meet one-on-one with landowners, discussing diversion options.

Project managers say it may be able to put a ring levee around Oxbow, Bakke and Hickson area.

This option would use the proposed F-M Diversion to protect the communities, instead of simply buying out homeowners, and forcing them to move.

At a packed meeting tonight, hundreds of people came to hear what the Army Corps of Engineers and Diversion Authority have to say.

The Corps says it's trying to gauge interest, determining which path would satisfy more people.

Here's a look at the proposed map. The yellow shows where it would raise roads. And the green shows the course of the ring levee around those three communities.

It would be 3 to 4 miles, sitting about 9 to 12 feet tall. Without a dike, this area would potentially be flooded, as part of a "staging area.

Terry Williams, Army Corps of Engineers: "We are in the midst of preparing an environmental assessment covering changes to the project, and a ring levee around Oxbow, Bakke and Hickson could be included in that assessment."

Mike Bice, Knickerbocker Liquor Locker Owner: "No matter what, they are going to push more water on the rest of Pleasant Township and the rest of Richland County and other people. Inevitably, we don't flood currently, and we don't need a ring dike levee."

The Corps says a ring levee project would be similar in cost to buyouts.

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