Funding for Army Corps will go toward flood control

Published 10:30 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota congressional delegation said funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2017 includes $20 million for permanent flood protection in the Fargo and Moorhead area.

The delegation said the money will support the construction of a gaited inlet structure that is considered the first phase of the Red River diversion project. Additional funding from the corps’ work plan will go toward the design of further flood control features.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said she’s disappointed the Trump administration did not include diversion funding in its 2018 budget. She and Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer said they will work on securing additional funding to keep the project moving forward.

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The Fargo area dealt with three straight years of serious flooding beginning with a record crest in 2009.