The Army Corps of Engineers says it needs formal approval from state and local officials by April 11 to keep moving on a planned Red River diversion around Fargo, N.D., and neighboring Moorhead, Minn.
The corps on Wednesday outlined recent changes to the project, which was originally estimated to cost $1.25 billion and has grown to $1.7 billion. The new plan calls for homes in several communities south of Fargo to be moved or demolished.
The original design for the project was changed after corps officials learned of the impact it would have on downstream communities of the north-flowing river.
Fargo-Moorhead area residents are preparing for a third straight major flood. Millions of sandbags are scheduled to be delivered in the next several days.
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