- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Meetings are being held this week to give the public an opportunity to comment on flood risk management alternatives for the Souris River Basin in North Dakota.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Souris River Joint Water Resource Board scheduled meetings Monday in Mohall, Tuesday in Velva and Wednesday in Minot.

The corps says the study is a separate but parallel effort to a flood protection project. The corps earlier this year began what is expected to be a three-year study of permanent flood protection for the basin, an effort that could cost $1 billion.

A June 2011 flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and other structures in Minot and caused an estimated $1 million in damage in the region.

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