State, local leaders celebrate Minot's water treatment plant floodwall

MINOT, N.D. - No more boil orders in Minot.

That's the word from state leaders who headed to the Magic City Friday to the completion of the floodwall that will protect the city's water supply from the Souris River.

State officials joined Minot leaders in celebrating three years of work aimed at protecting the city's water treatment facility.

In 2011 the floodwaters spilled into the treatment plant, forcing officials to implement a boil order.

“This project marks the first permanent floodwalls our community has put up in our 130-year history. It also sets the stage for future enhanced flood protection projects along the Souris River, especially in Minot,” said Minot Mayor Chuck Barney.

“It is critical for just a life source for the city of Minot. We wanted to make sure we got the protection of the treatment plant done as soon as we could,” said Jeff LeDoux, Houston Engineering President & CEO.

The roughly 14-foot wall sits between the treatment plant and the river.

Local leaders secured more than $22 million from the federal government to go to the $30-million cost of the wall.

“Not every place in America is like Minot. Not every place in America is like North Dakota, where community is all in,” said Rep. Kevin Cramer, (R-ND).

The wall is only the first part of Minot's long-term flood protection.

The Souris River Joint Board approved plans for much of the city's flood protection design, from 4th Avenue to the Napa Valley, and more.

“We have the first four phases of flood protection for the region in pretty good order. They're planned, and we've got the funding nailed down,” said Sen. John Hoeven, (R-ND).

Hoeven said he and other state officials were working with the Army Corps of Engineers to secure funding for the fourth part of the project.

Bidding on the first three phases of the project has begun.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) could not attend today but she sent a statement congratulating leaders on finishing the wall.