- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The city of Minot will use a $6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help protect the city’s water treatment plant and keep it functioning during a flood.

The money is the first installment of a second phase of a project to improve flood protection for the plant, according to U.S. Sen. John Hoeven.

The plant is the only source of drinkable water for the city, Minot Air Force Base and many rural residents in the area. More than 100,000 people were put on a boil order when the plant was hit by Souris River flooding in 2011.

In a statement, Hoeven said the funding will “will play a critical role in supporting Minot’s ongoing efforts to recover.”

The latest funds will be used in part to build log structures that would close a gap created by a road running through the levee in the event of a flood, The Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1J7V3IC ).

The FEMA money is part of the $19.8 million federal share of the $26 million second phase of a project to improve flood protection for the plant. The city received a $2 million FEMA grant in 2013 for the first phase.

The total cost of the project with engineering, environment assessment, construction and other expenses is $29 million. The city’s 15 percent local share will come from money in the 2014 water plant budget. The state is covering 10 percent.

The first phase was completed in September 2014 and focused on engineering, permitting and designing the project.

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