The Souris River Joint Board voted to award nearly $100 million in contracts for the first three phases of Minot's flood protection plan Thursday.
Contractors still need to secure all the necessary permits before they can get any of the money. The bids are $20 million less than the original budget. That additional money means the board will look at other areas to spend money, including buying property around Minot.
“These first three phases are really important toward achieving that long-term goal of removing the flood insurance requirement but also getting people out of harm’s way. So this is a really important step in that direction,” said Administrator Ryan Ackerman.
The State Water Commission will meet tomorrow in Bismarck to talk about setting aside more than $2 million from the construction budget for property acquisitions.