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Minnesota, N.D. governors to call for permanent flood protection in Fargo- Moorhead area

The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota have called a press conference for Friday to discuss permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area.

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will meet  at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Air National Guard Air Wing – Main Hangar – in Fargo.

After the last big Red River flood in 1997, permanent dikes and other improvements were made further north in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 04/03/2009 - 10:14 pm.

    My sister from Billings wondered if cities like Fargo could protect themselves from flooding by digging canals that would divert flood waters into the fields of nearby farms and then paying the farmers for the loss of that year’s crop. This would probably be much cheaper than permanent dikes and/or massive sand-bagging efforts every ten years or so.

    The next day, I read an article about the similar system the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, uses to protect itself from flood.

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