Residents living downstream from Fargo, N.D., and
Moorhead, Minn., along the Red River fear their towns
would be sacrificed in a diversion plan to save the two larger
cities from chronic flooding.
Six months after floodwaters threatened to devastate the Red River Valley, federal officials gathered in St. Paul today to talk about why they were wrong in a key area -- the flood forecasts.
North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan says local concensus is critical if Fargo-Moorhead is to get federal help for a flood control project. Residents on both sides of the Red River battled record flooding in March and April.
The National Weather Service says the Red River dropped below flood stage at 2:30 a.m. in Fargo-Moorhead after 61 days. The river rose above the 18-foot flood stage on March 20.
The Army Corps of Engineers is gathering public input this week on possible solutions to flooding in Fargo-Moorhead.
A New Orleans company is sending 1,000 cases
of beer to Fargo for a post-flood party.
The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as members of Congress, met with the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington today. They were there to talk about permanent flood protection along the Red River in the north.
North Dakota and Minnesota officials are
pledging to work together to develop permanent flood protection in the Red River Basin.
Many homeowners along the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead are considering selling their homes to make room for permanent levees, but the process of buying those homes might take years.
Water levels on the Red River continue to drop and now preliminary damage estimates are coming in from Fargo and Moorhead.
The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the first contracts to remove temporary levees in Fargo-Moorhead. By the end of the week, contractors will start hauling away the tens of thousands of truck loads of dirt used to build the levees.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty and two local lawmakers
are proposing a $17 million flood relief and recovery package for Minnesota victims of the Red River floods.
The Red River reached its second crest Thursday, at 34 feet and residents in some parts of the valley may be past the worst of the flooding.
The U.S. Labor Department is granting
Minnesota nearly $1.7 million to create about 140 temporary jobs
for cleanup and recovery from the Red River flooding.
The National Weather Service says the Red River is now expected to crest on Saturday at between 35 and 36 feet in Fargo-Moorhead. That's four to five feet lower than earlier outlooks for a second crest.