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Heidi Shaffer, Published May 24 2011

Crowd expected at tonight’s Kindred diversion meeting

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FARGO – Crowds here were thin Monday at the latest meeting about a Fargo-Moorhead diversion, but many expect a much different reception tonight in Kindred.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is presenting the latest version of a study that puts several communities south of Fargo – such as Oxbow, Hickson and the Bakke Subdivision – under anywhere from about 5 to 8 feet of additional water during a 100-year flood.

Fargo City Commissioner Brad Wimmer said a smaller crowd gives him hope that people are starting to realize the project is needed, but added that determination was best left until after the rest of this week’s four meetings.

“We’ll see after Kindred,” he said.

Widespread buyouts are expected in several communities south of where the Red River would begin feeding into the diversion channel.

Elden Hermunslie, a homeowner near Abercrombie, said he understands Fargo’s desire for protection, but it’s not fair to dump the water on someone else.

“I think that’s the height of arrogance on Fargo’s part,” Hermunslie said before Monday’s meeting in Fargo.

The meetings are part of the public comment period, which ends June 20, required for the report to move forward to get Congressional approval.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511