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Translating the Talking Heads of Fargo

Translating the Talking Heads of Fargo

Ironically, city and county officials appear to have completely ignored the incompetence of issuing permits for construction before the natural flood plain issues had been addressed.

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of August 31st, 2015

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of August 31st, 2015

Fargo Diversion Authority spent another $ 24,218,927.98 from July 31st to August 31st, 2015. 1/8th (12.63% ) of the original projected cost and they haven’t even started on the actual main project. The Fargo Diversion Authority has pumped over $55 million into OHB ring-dike-levee, which provides ZERO FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFIT TO FARGO.

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of July 31st, 2015

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of July 31st, 2015

Fargo Diversion Authority spent another $ 3,155,560.11 from June 30th to July 31st, 2015. 1/9th (11.28% ) of the original projected cost and they haven’t even started on the actual main project.

Fargo's Greatest Flood Is the Fargo Diversion Authority

Fargo’s Greatest Flood Is the Fargo Diversion Authority

“A lot of people had flood insurance in West Fargo but dropped it because of the Sheyenne River Diversion Project,” Kyner said. “They figured they would be safe. But they weren’t safe from the 17 inches of rain that came down. My point is it floods everywhere. A 60-foot dike can’t protect you if it rains 17 inches on the wrong side of the dike.”

Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 7)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 7)

The danger of losing objectivity is that a pragmatic solution for Fargo’s contrived flood levels becomes harder to reach, largely because the goal is financially unrealistic.

Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 6)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 6)

What happens when taxpayers get to pay sales tax and tax assessments for local and federal share for the dam, diversion and then flood insurance?

Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 5)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 5)

Rather ignominious to bellyache that people need a flood so that Pawluk and his ilk can pompously deliver a “WE TOLD YOU SO”, when they’ve had SIX LONG YEARS to complete internal flood protection and help those 20,000 property owners avoid FEMA flood insurance,

Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 4)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 4)

It is unfortunate that the very agencies that should be working in tension to each other are expected acquiesce or be cast out, much like what happened with the Buffalo Red River Watershed District and West Fargo.

Situational Ethics Part 4

Situational Ethics Part 4

Oxbow has experienced a greater than 100 year flood in 2006 and 2009, and exceeded the 500 year flood level in 2009 by 7.32 inches.

Situational Ethics Part 1

Situational Ethics Part 1

If the city of Oxbow is truly at risk of a 2009 level or greater flood event, why would the Oxbow mayor be so carelessly “ineffective” and prioritize a full 18 holes of golf course play over the safety of his city residents?

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