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Published August 16, 2013, 05:13 PM

Diversion project continues in Oxbow with plans of building ring dike

Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV)-- Plans are moving forward to build a ring dike in the Oxbow, Hickson, Bakke addition. It's part of the Diversion project, and they're moving fast.

Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV)-- Plans are moving forward to build a ring dike in the Oxbow, Hickson, Bakke addition. It's part of the Diversion project, and they're moving fast.

Roughly 40 homes will be removed or demolished to put the levee in place. One family says they aren't willing to move and they shouldn't have to.

The couple I spoke with - they've lived here for about 40 years. They've raised their children here and don't want to leave behind memories. That given, they told me they've never once had issues with flooding, but that could soon change.

Decades ago, the Redlins found it easy to leave the city.

Gary Redlin- Hickson Resident: "So you can't just step out your door and spit on your neighbor."

And call the country home.

Pat Redlin- Hickson Resident: "We had four children that we raised out here."

With all the peace and quiet, it made it even easier to stay. But now, the city is asking them to pick up and move. That, Gary says, will be hard.

Redlin: "They can go find a place like this, buy it and I'll trade em."

Their ten-acre lot sits right on the line of the Oxbow/Hickson area, smack dab in the middle of where Cass County wants to build its 65 or more million-dollar levee.

Keith Berndt- Cass County Administrator: "This ring levee is going to be a good thing for the community whether if the diversion were never built, it would still be a good thing for the community. We'd have the only community in the Red River Valley along the river that that's protect to a five hundred year flood level. The Redlins problem isn't the Red River."

It's overland flooding that's the issue. With the Ring Dike in place it could pushed about 3 feet of water onto their property.

Redlin: "I think they disserted us."

It's a long process. The Redlins have a few years to make a move.

Redlin: "Fargo says this is what we're going to do like it or not."

But they'd rather stay.

Redlin: "Oh, we are going to fight them until we can't fight no more."

The diversion authority says this process will take about three years, but construction could begin as early as 2014.

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