FARGO (AP) - North Dakota's congressional delegation says the failure of President Barack Obama to include money for a Red River diversion project in his budget is unfortunate.
The nearly $2 billion project is meant to move water around Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., through a 35-mile channel. The metropolitan area of about 200,000 people is preparing for its fourth major flood in five years.
Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer said in a joint statement released Wednesday that the omission will make it harder for them to secure the federal share of funding for the project.
The delegation said it still hopes to get authorization from the Senate for the project.
Heitkamp called it bad timing because Fargo residents are filling sandbags for another flood fight.