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Dennis Papke, Fargo, Published May 31 2013

Letter: Look for other sensible flood-control options

Bravo, Russ Handegard, of West Fargo. I’ve had the same questions, especially last election when the people of Fargo blindly voted to extend the sales tax to begin to cover for diversion expenses.

As a responsible citizen, I would never even consider such a costly repair with the kind of return on investment we are getting from this. At an early estimate of $1.8 billion, it would take 450 years of

$4 million per year in flood costs to recover the money spent. In addition, most people have to understand that by the time this project would be complete, the cost would have ballooned to well over $2 billion (or more) and the time to recover that would be 500 years.

That along with the $1 million-plus in annual maintenance – where do we come up with this money? I really think the Fargo city government and the Army Corps of Engineers need to really look at other possible solutions before we go down this path.