ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s moving ahead with a planned flood diversion project to protect the Fargo-Moorhead area, even though Minnesota denied a key permit for the project.
The Corps said in a statement Wednesday it anticipates awarding its first contract for the project this month. It’ll be for building a diversion inlet in North Dakota. No construction is planned in Minnesota until 2019.READ MORE: Mohamed Noor Sentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death
The Corps says it’s committed to working with Minnesota to address its concerns and completing the project.READ MORE: Burnsville City Council Votes Unanimously To Make Juneteenth An Official City Holiday
But the St. Paul district commander, Col. Sam Calkins, says relying on emergency measures such as sandbagging, as Minnesota regulators advocate, is not a long-term solution. He says the potential loss of life and economic losses that would result if emergency measures fail are not acceptable.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis Ballot Guide: Controversial Public Safety Ballot Question
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