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Published June 25, 2013, 09:24 PM

Hundreds came to hear the latest changes on the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It was a packed house this evening as hundreds came to hear the latest changes on the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It was a packed house this evening as hundreds came to hear the latest changes on the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion.

Many of them filling out comment cards and voicing project concerns.

Many people I spoke to declined to go on camera, but openly admitted they point blank think the entire project stinks and will only benefit Fargo.

The latest proposal would save 59 million dollars. Quite a chunk from what the Army Corps of Engineers says will be a 1.8 billion dollar project.

The biggest surprise at the meeting - some homeowners didn't know the route of the diversion had changed from what was originally proposed in the fall of 2011.

"I read it in the paper when the first line came through. You couldn't come visit me? You couldn't come talk to me? You just drew the line in the sand and said live with it?"

Marty Johnson lives in Stanley Township - just south of Horace. He's one of many frustrated homeowners.

"My place is gone."

A 5th generation farm built in 1897.

"We've owned it, my great-grandfather homesteaded it it and we still live in the same house he built."

Johnson's neighbors declined to comment on camera, but told us the latest diversion route would wipe their home off the map.

"That's disheartening. The neighbors down there rebuilt their house and did everything right and now they are told, whoops you're off the board."

For many it seems to be a simple solution - take the buyout money and run, but Johnson doesn't see it that way.

"Well, I've got too many neighbors behind me that are going to suffer more than I will. They're not going to be bought out they're going to be flooded out. I don't think I should profit on my neighbors getting hurt."

It's not just the route of the diversion that could change. In town levees will be built - gates will be installed on the diversion inlet to control water flow and a permament ring levee would be built around Oxbow- Hickson and Bakke.

If you missed tonights meeting there is another one taking place tomorrow at the Harwood Community Center. It starts at 5:30.

Or if you'd like to voice your opinion, the public comment period runs through July 15th.

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