FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ The Red River Diversion Authority board has given the Army Corps of Engineers permission to move ahead with the project that includes a ring dike around a staging area south of Fargo.
Plans are for the $1.8 billion channel around Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to include a levee around some homes in the communities of Hickson, Bakke and Oxbow.
The staging area would flood about 200,000 acres when the diversion is used. Some residents in that area have complained about the project and the proposed ring levee, although Oxbow mayor Jim Nyhoff says 62 percent of residents in his town favor the dike.
The Forum newspaper reports that other options are being discussed and the authority will make the final decision on the ring levee at an April meeting.