By Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Another $40 million is needed to move ahead with the first three phases of the Souris River flood protection project, city officials say.

Public Works Director Dan Jonasson told U.S. Senator John Hoeven on Wednesday that city sales tax and state funding falls short of covering the estimated $110 million cost of the first three project phases, intended to protect the city from Souris River flooding that in 2011 temporarily forced about 11,000 people from their homes and damaged about 4,100 houses and hundreds of businesses.

Jonasson said the wants to start construction of the project in 2017 and the state is the state is considering reallocating some funds within its budget to ensure the Minot project is covered.

Hoeven said he’s optimistic the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will agree to be part of the project and provide funding.

“We should be in good shape,” Hoeven said. “We are going to be one of the ones funded. Something could always happen, but clearly, the Corps is looking at ours to be funded.”

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