By DAVE KOLPACK
HICKSON, N.D. (AP) - In Fargo, North Dakota, residents will soon begin the annual rite of worrying about spring flooding.
Fargo and the neighboring city of Moorhead, Minnesota, are the rare metro area that doesn't have permanent protection from the river that runs through it. Tense flood fights in recent years included a near-catastrophe in 2009 that was only averted with 7 million sandbags and a huge volunteer effort.
A $2 billion project was begun to build a diversion channel to handle the Red River at the height of flood. But work's been stopped by protests from landowners south of the cities, where the flood problem would shift.
Project supporters are hoping a task force organized by the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota can find a solution soon
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