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December 5, 2017

Fargo wants to flood others in order to spare the city

  • Engineers estimate that if the $2 billion channel had been in place over the last century, it would have helped protect the city from 11 serious floods.
    Associated Press

    HICKSON, N.D. — For more than a century, floods were a rite of spring for cities up and down the nation's midsection as snowmelt from the long winter poured into tributaries of the Mississippi River. The problem gradually faded, thanks to flood-control projects and the removal of some towns to higher ground.

    But Fargo and the neighboring city of Moorhead, Minnesota, still endure annual anxiety that starts as early as the first big snowstorm, when residents begin to worry about the rising water that is sure to follow.

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