The reason is to encourage them to get the federal money needed to fund
Grafton's proposed flood diversion project. West tells KXPO after the Grafton
City Council meeting Monday evening it's important for the state's congressional
delegation to hear from citizens that this flood diversion project is a good
project. All the hard work that goes on to protect Grafton on a yearly basis.
He says it's good for the "DC people" to hear that Fargo is not the only
community with a needed project.
West says the federal money is the questionmark. He says he meets
with the congressional delegation every year about this. It appears the federal
support is present but it doesn't ever get over the hump. West says he'd like
to see the Grafton flood diversion project funded first. It's a smaller project than
Fargo and it's easier to fund than a two-billion-dollar project(like Fargo's).
West says it'd be great if Grafton citizens spoke up and spoke at the
state's congressional delegation.
West says Grafton's local cost share is three-million-dollars. The state's
share is just over seven-million. The feds are supposed to finance the rest.
West says this was the fourth-largest flood in Grafton history. The Park
River reached 16-point-one-feet. He says a "huge volume of water came through."