- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a Red River diversion project around the flood-prone cities of Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota.

The project partnership agreement with the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority clears the way for construction to begin on the 30-mile channel, which is meant to reduce the flood risk for 225,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney calls the singing a “significant milestone” for the $2.1 billion project.

The two cities dealt with three straight years of high water beginning with a record crest in 2009 that destroyed about 100 structures and took a massive sandbagging effort to save other homes. Fargo last experienced significant flooding in 2013.

A ceremony to mark the formal agreement is scheduled Monday in Fargo.

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