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Hunter Richard, Harwood, N.D., Published October 18 2013

Letter: Best option is the diversion

There is a need to do something about the flooding problem. Many of the people in my area are affected by the Sheyenne River. While Horace is protected by dikes and West Fargo is protected by the diversion, something needs to be done to help the people of Harwood.

I have seen the reports on the Internet, as well as the ones on TV; there are many different ideas on how to fix this major problem. Some say the best way is to make a diversion that goes west, around the old diversion, and comes back to the Red River beyond Harwood. Some say that the dikes should be raised around Fargo, like what they did in Grand Forks.

The best way, in my opinion, would be to dig the diversion around the city. If the water was routed to a point beyond Harwood, the river levels would not be as high, and many people wouldn’t have to deal with possibly losing their homes.

Another issue is how it will be paid for. The only way I can see this working out fairly is if the taxes were raised in this area.

If the flooding is stopped, Harwood will be a safer place to live.