Hickson, ND (WDAY TV) - Commissioners from Wilkin County, Minnesota and Richland County, North Dakota are joining forces to fight the proposed Red River Diversion. Commissioners say while flood protection is necessary, they're not happy with the plan in place.
Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV) - The diversion plan is known as the locally preferred plan. But it isn't preferred by everyone. If it goes through, hundreds of people and businesses upstream could be displaced and bought out. They're not giving up without a fight.
HICKSON, N.D. (AP) — Paul Cose and his wife bought 80 acres of prime Red River Valley land more than a decade ago to create their dream setting among the spruces and evergreens in southeastern North Dakota. They even built a tree fort.
Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - The Corps ran into strong opposition at tonight’s public meeting. It's the 2nd of 4 meetings, this one in Kindred, the area most affected by the diversion. There is a good chunk of homeowners out in that Bakke Addition who have children graduating, or are retiring themselves and have no reason to stay in the subdivision, but now have no way out.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today was the deadline for Fargo, Moorhead, and Cass and Clay counties to give written support of a North Dakota diversion. Fargo and Cass County sent in their approval letters today.
Most of the Oxbow, Hickson, and Bakke area is made up of homes, but the new diversion plan would still significantly affect a few businesses. That means a complete loss of livelihood to employees. This doesn't even include the sheer number of farmers who will no longer have land.
Included in the Diversion plan were the Army Corps final cost estimates, so how much did they go up? After nearly eliminating all downstream impacts from last May's diversion plan, the cost has jumped more than half-a-billion dollars. Despite the 1.7 billion dollar price tag many city and county leaders believe the time to move forward is here.
Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV) - Don't panic. That message tonight from the mayor of Oxbow as 60 homeowners from the Bakke and Hickson subdivisions packed a meeting to learn more about how the Army Corps new plan for a diversion will affect their communities.
Hickson, ND (WDAY TV) - A united front. That's what some in the city of Oxbow and the Bakke and Hickson subdivisions are trying to create against the Army Corps of Engineers' revised diversion plan. It includes upstream storage cells and could send an additional 3-7 feet of water to those areas during a flood.
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