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Corps: Possible Damage To ND Cemeteries Doesn't Call For Levees

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on cemeteries that would be flooded by a Red River diversion project shows that the potential damage to the gravesites would not be enough to justify protective measures.

The corps says there would be minor damage to the seven cemeteries in the staging area that would be flooded when the $2 billion channel is in operation. The federal mitigation plan calls for an easement that would compensate the cemeteries for the right to temporarily store water on their land.

The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority also says it would pay for clean-up and repairs for the cemeteries.

Mark Anderson, who represents two cemeteries that would be in the staging area, says many family members are upset but haven't decided what to do next.

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