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Published December 07, 2013, 10:30 AM

Fargo can't use FEMA money for floodwall project

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The city of Fargo won't be getting any help from the federal government on a proposed $53 million floodwall.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The city of Fargo won't be getting any help from the federal government on a proposed $53 million floodwall.

City officials were hoping to use about $25 million of a Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grant to help pay for the downtown structure.

But city engineer April Walker tells The Forum newspaper that the money cannot be used on flood control projects related to the proposed Red River diversion channel. Walker says FEMA does not consider the floodwall a stand-alone project.

City officials plan to go ahead with the floodwall regardless of what happens with the diversion, which has been approved — but not funded — by Congress. The city plans to use money from the state and a local flood sales tax to pay for the wall.

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