Minot-area flood protection secures funding for Phase 4

Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 11:47 AM CST
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MINOT, N.D. – The Minot area is one step closer to completing the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project.

North Dakota’s U.S. Senators said that more than $61 million will be going to the project.

With the federal funding, more than 65% of the total cost has been secured and the rest will come from the local area and the state.

The funds will be used to complete phase 4 of the construction and will tie all three previous phases together, which is slated to begin in the summer of 2023.

“It will enable us to complete construction that will link together the first four phases of the Souris River flood protection project,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Phase 4 of the flood protection is currently in the design phase.

They’re expecting that to wrap up at the end of this year.

The Souris River Joint Board estimates that it will require close to four construction seasons, but will be well worth the protection.

“Once this phase of the project is completed, it’s going to represent the completion of what we call Minot Milestone 1, which will pull 60% of the valley residents out of the regulatory flood plain,” said Ryan Ackerman with the Souris River Joint Board.

The board anticipates securing the state’s share of funding in the next legislative session.

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