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Floods and Flooding

Corps includes diversion among 2016 construction projects

Construction on a Red River diversion channel around the flood-prone Fargo area can begin this year, as long as all the regulatory reviews and permits are granted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday.

The corps listed the diversion among six projects for new construction in 2016 and included $5 million for the effort this year, although it's not clear how that money will be used. The project is estimated to cost about $2 billion and is meant to be funded with a combination of public and private resources.

North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven said the notice represents the corps' commitment to the project.

"Without a new start, the corps'...