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Published January 21, 2010, 12:12 AM

Walaker, Conrad meet to lay out flood strategy

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker met with Sen. Kent Conrad on Wednesday to lay out a strategy to ensure continued progress toward a permanent flood control project for the metro area.

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker met with Sen. Kent Conrad on Wednesday to lay out a strategy to ensure continued progress toward a permanent flood control project for the metro area.

“After barely winning the battle against Mother Nature this past spring, it is critical that we learn the lessons of the flood fight,” Conrad, D-N.D., said after the meeting in Washington.

“Mayor Walaker and I are committed to seeing this process through to the finish line,” Conrad said.

The meeting, which also included Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, was meant to calm uneasiness that arose after Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., announced he would not seek re-election in 2010.

Conrad said he and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., have already requested that the Obama administration include significant resources in its 2011 budget for Fargo flood control, which would pay for engineering, planning and design of a project.

Conrad and Walaker also discussed a Feb. 1 meeting in Fargo with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when the latest analyses of flood control alternatives will be released.

Dorgan is sponsoring the Metro Flood Management Committee meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall of the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N.

Walaker could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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