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Warren J. Seykora, Published September 12 2010

‘Waffle’ is part of overall flood plan

Imagine what our ancestors saw when they first arrived in the 1800s. A Red River Valley so beautiful and full of promise that settlers moved forward each day building a future, not just for themselves, but for generations to come. They helped create our current life through unselfishness and hard work within the ever and still present opportunity that exists in our valley today.

As we address our current and persistent flood problem in the Red River Valley, why not look to our past for direction to our future? Let us involve the present-day landowners in a unselfish and opportunity-driven flood solution that will give security to us and future generations.

The “waffle concept” can be part of that solution.

The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion should, and, I believe, will be built. Our congressman, legislators, mayors and the majority of the people know it is the right thing. We also know that the diversion will need mitigation. This is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers process.

The waffle concept is just one tool that can address the up- and downstream impacts ahead and alongside construction of the diversion.

While we have learned from the past, let us move forward toward the future. The time, opportunity and need is now. All aspects of flood damage reduction need to be used to ensure a great project and our valley’s future.