The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District’s board of managers will host a special public meeting Monday in Oakport Township to update property owners on the status of a flood-control project, part of which is targeted for completion by next spring.
Three months after cracks in a temporary levee forced Paul Winje’s family to flee their south Fargo home, the River Vili resident voted Tuesday for a half-percent sales tax that he hopes will fund a solution to Fargo-Moorhead’s flooding problems.
It was a light turnout for Fargo’s special election Tuesday, but those who did vote overwhelmingly endorsed the idea of raising the city’s sales tax one-half percent to pay for permanent flood protection.
UPDATED 11:11 a.m. Oak Street resident asks if it's going to take a catastrophe to convince people that permanent flood protection is needed
FARGO – The long lines of sandbaggers who fought back floodwaters in Fargo this past spring aren’t being replicated at the polls today as residents vote on a half-cent sales tax to fund future flood protection.
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Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer and several Fargo-area businessmen and politicians today kicked off a lobbying effort for a Red River diversion running through North Dakota to protect Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding communities from flooding.
Early voting numbers are good for Fargo’s sales tax special election.
Now it’s a guessing game as to whether those for or against adding one-half-percent to the city’s tax will turn Tuesday’s ballot into the best-attended special election ever, or a coffee and pinochle yawner for poll judges.
Rivers prone to flooding pick the pockets of people who live near them.
There’s the cost of protecting property from overflowing banks with sandbags and clay dikes, and the cost of cleaning up once the waters recede. When the water can’t be stopped, damage adds up.
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