Senators Headline Public Meeting On Fargo Flooding

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(credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert)

(credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Republican Sen. John Hoeven from North Dakota and Democratic Sen. Amy Kloubuchar from Minnesota are headlining a public meeting on flooding in the Fargo area.

The city is wrapping up its fourth major Red River flood fight in five years, although this year’s event wasn’t as serious as advertised. The river was expected to crest slightly over 33 feet, after earlier estimates of a flood in the 38- to 42-foot range.

The senators plan to discuss this year’s flood protection work as well as efforts to secure funding for a channel that would divert water around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., metropolitan area.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is also scheduled to attend the Wednesday morning briefing.

Fargo has spent about $2 million to build clay levees and sandbag dikes.

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