July 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
HENDRUM, Minn. Mike Smart, Hendrum’s police chief and emergency services director, walked through a soybean field near the confluence of the Elm and Red rivers.
Tags: Diversion, downstream flooding, elm river, Flood, hendrum, news, Red River 2 Comments »
I hope that Mike Smart, Hendrumâ€™s police chief, did not read Jack Zaleski’s column today. Jack basically call the police chief stupid. Why you ask. Because Mike Smart is concerned about the impact of 17 inches of more water hitting his community during flooding, when a Fargo diversion channel is built.
I believe that Mike Smart, is a whole lot smarter than Zaleski on this issue.
If Fargo received 17 more inched during the 2009 flood, the whole city would have been inundated with flood waters.
Mr. Zaleski should not be calling a man named Smart, stupid.
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There was not a lot of complaining when Wahpeton Breckenridge put in their diversion. Why is there more now? Where is the extra inches of water going to be coming from? Hypothetically speaking if there is no diversion and the area gets 2′ of rain a lot of water will be going down stream from the Red and its tributaries. With the diversion part of the same 2′ of water would be split with part in the diversion and the other going through the Reds chanel in Fargo / Moorhead. The same tributaries are still there and the same amount of water is there. Where is this extra 17″ on top of the 2′ coming from? Jack Zaleski was correct when he says the amount down stream is not consistent and always seems to grow.
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