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Todd Fuchs, West Fargo, Published February 16 2013

Letter: Great wall better idea for the city

Tunnel? For flood protection? Why not a great wall? And $88,000 for a study?

Maybe, but not the kind of tunnel they talk about. How about building a big floodwall on Second Street along the Red River, set in place with preformed rectangular concrete culverts, which could be dug down a bit on the bank, along with lowering Second Street to take weight off the bank and slow down the sloughing of the bank?

The large pre-cast culverts could be cast with a large brick pattern and topped with concrete side walls to make for a raised bike/walk path across the top. Maybe toss in a few castle-like turrets like the children’s castle in Aberdeen’s Storybook Island and it would look more like the Great Wall of China than the Berlin Wall as stated in an earlier story.

In the event of a flood where extra ballast is needed to hold the river back, the wall could be filled with river water to increase its weight as the river rises, and pumped out as the river recedes to keep the load off the bank as much as possible.

We have a capable concrete casting facility just blocks away on First Avenue, so the trucking and shipping costs would be nearly nothing. It would provide a local solution and cost far less than the proposed tunnel debacle that the wasteful Fargo City Commission voted on last week. The great wall would be a great way to showcase our area’s great river-fighting resolve.