Bismarck City Commission to hear flood protection plan update

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BISMARCK, N.D. - On Tuesday, the Bismarck City Commission is set to hear an update on the city flood protection plan going into the winter.

In 2009, an ice jam in the Missouri River caused problems for Bismarck residents until it was broken up by the national guard. Years later city leaders established the 2015 flood plan. Public Works says that the city is protected from any event up to the levels of what we've seen in the last decade. The report is to update new commissioners on the city's readiness to deal with these issues.

"We don't really need to do anything in Bismarck until the Army Corps of Engineers says, 'alright here's what we're planning on doing,' and then we would of course react to that and make our plans. But again, as long as they're not releasing more than a 150,000 cubic feet per second down the river we're built to withstand that, and we're able to handle those kinds of flows​," said Jeff Heintz, Service Operations director.

Commissioners will also be discussing the Off Highway Vehicles ordinance that went into effect this year.