- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot is among 10 cities across the nation getting a $25,000 grant and volunteers to improve their ability to handle risks related to climate change, including extreme weather.

The help is through the Resilience AmeriCorps initiative that President Barack Obama announced in July. Selected cities are said to face risk from climate change, have shown efforts to improve resilience and have the ability to host volunteers.

The June 2011 Souris River flood caused by excessive spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes and other structures in Minot, causing nearly $700 million in damage. The city continues to work on recovery and future flood mitigation.

The White House said in announcing the 10 cities Thursday that Minot “experiences a number of challenges, ranging from flooding to fires and more.” Volunteers will help with everything from improving communication networks to developing a program for evacuation volunteers and raising money for parks and greenways.

City Manager Lee Stabb told KXMC-TV that being chosen for the initiative also will help the city as it competes in the Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, which aims to help communities recover from disasters and make them better able to handle future disasters by giving them up to $500 million. The Minot area is among 40 applicants still in the running. Specific plans are due in October, with winners announced in January.

Resilience AmeriCorps cities were selected by a committee consisting of officials from Cities of Service and the Rockefeller Foundation, in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service and its federal partners.

The other nine cities selected are: Anchorage, Alaska; Boulder, Colorado; Chicago; El Paso, Texas; New Orleans; Norfolk, Virginia; Pittsburgh; Phoenix; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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