Hoeven, Klobuchar tour flood preparation efforts in F-M area

FARGO – North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar toured flood preparation efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area today – gauging progress in advance of what’s expected to be another spring of flood-fighting in the Red River Valley.

From left: North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Moorhead City Council members Greg Lemke and Mark Altenburg talk near a dike in south Moorhead in a neighborhood where many homes were bought out following the 2009 flood. Dave Olson / The Forum

The senators first met with the Red River Retention Authority and Natural Resource Conservation Service to discuss plans to improve water retention in the valley.

Then, they joined local leaders in visiting several infrastructure improvement projects along the river.

Afterward, Hoeven and Klobuchar met with volunteers at Fargo’s Sandbag Central, where officials hope to ready 3 million sandbags in the next few weeks.

Klobuchar emphasized the “spirit of solidarity” shared between North Dakota and Minnesota’s federal lawmakers when it comes to flood fights.

“The flood prevention plans we looked at today are essential to protecting our farmers, families, and businesses impacted by devastating floods,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

Hoeven added, “We are working to do all we can to support citizens and local officials in both their flood preparation and flood protection efforts.”

Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson had planned to join Hoeven and Klobuchar today, but he was unable to attend because of House votes on Capitol Hill. However, he joined the meeting with the Red River Retention Authority and Natural Resource Conservation Service by conference call.

For more on this story, read reporter Dave Olson’s report in Saturday’s edition of The Forum.

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