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Fargo Mayor: Blame Congress For Diversion Delays

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The mayor of a North Dakota city that has battled major flooding for four of the last five years says area residents should be blaming Congress rather than squabbling among themselves about a proposed Red River diversion project. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker told fellow members of the Red River Diversion Authority board Thursday that he doesn't understand recent complaints by some members of the neighboring city council in Moorhead, Minnesota who are upset about spending increases on the design of a project that has not been authorized by Congress. Walaker says the issue is about a ``dysfunctional'' federal government and it's ``not our problem'' that the proposal isn't further along. The 36-mile channel would protect the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area in times of serious flooding.

The cost is nearly $2 billion.