- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot is taking steps to upgrade the levees that protect it from Souris River flooding.

An inspection report late last year from the Army Corps of Engineers showed a number of problems, such as tree growth, erosion and inadequate rock riprap.

“It’s not a drastic, immediate emergency, but it is something they feel needs to be addressed,” City Manager David Waind said.

The levees, in terms of height, offer the same protection as they did before the historic 2011 flood that swamped part of North Dakota’s fourth-largest city, but upgrades are needed to ensure the levees meet corps standards, Waind said.

The City Council this week is sending a letter to the corps indicating its commitment to addressing the problems. Minot has set aside nearly $2 million for the effort, which could take a couple of years.

“There should be no trees in the dike and we should clean the riverbank up,” City Eds:Councilman Larry Frey said.

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