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Construction starts on levee to protect homes that would be affected by Red River diversion


FARGO, North Dakota — Construction has started on a ring levee that would protect homeowners south of Fargo during times of serious flooding.

The project is a precursor to a proposed $2 billion Red River diversion channel that would move water around Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota. Residents in the Fargo-Moorhead area have dealt with the prospect of major flooding in four of the last six years.

The ring dike is meant to protect structures in the Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke communities that would be threatened by a staging area for the diversion.

Oxbow Mayor Jim Nyhoff tells KFGO radio he is elated to "see dirt moving" on the project.

Information from: KFGO-AM,

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