Press release from Senator Kent Conrad:
Washington – Senator Kent Conrad released the following statement today after Major General Merdith W.B. Temple, the Acting Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, signed the report for the Fargo-Moorhead flood control project. The Corps’ approval of the locally preferred plan now allows the Congressional delegation to work to secure authorization and federal funding to construct the project.
“This is another important step in the process of securing permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region. This comprehensive, permanent flood protection project is part of the locally preferred plan. It has the backing of the local community, surrounding counties and State, and now has the backing of the Corps,” Senator Conrad said. “This diversion project is vital. It reduces the flood risk to over 200,000 people. It provides the protection this community needs, and its approval should now be a priority for Congress.”
Earlier this year, Senator Conrad sent a letter to President Obama urging him to support the flood protection project and include $30 million in his budget for the next fiscal year to advance the plan. Last week, Congress approved an additional $11.4 million for the project for planning , engineering and design.
Although the Fargo – Moorhead region has suffered some of its worst flooding in recent years, experts warn that it is only a matter of time until the area is hit with even more catastrophic flooding. According to the Corps, a 100-year flood event would cause nearly $6 billion in damages. A 500-year event would flood nearly the entire city of Fargo and a large portion of Moorhead, threatening thousands of lives and devastating the area economically.