- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The city of Minot is breaking ground Thursday on a construction project to help protect the city’s water treatment plant and keep it functioning during a flood.

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

The city is using $6 million in hazard mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the project, the Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1JPHWfv ). The grant is part of the $19.8 million federal share of a larger $26 million phase to improve the plant’s flood protection.

Minot Mayor Chuck Barney met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in Fargo on Wednesday to talk about Souris River flood protection. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the corps, traveled to North Dakota to meet with Fargo officials about the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion.

Barney said Bostick was receptive to what officials are trying to do in Minot.

“Everything he said led us to believe that he understood that and was in sync with us,” Barney said. “Frankly, I was pleased with the meeting and his grasping the uniqueness of Minot and what our challenges are and how we are moving forward.”

Minot and the Souris River Joint Board have begun designing flood control on the Railway Avenue, Napa Valley and Forrest Road portions of the project. Those design phases are projected for completion in 2017, with construction set to begin in the spring of that year. Another phase, the Maple Diversion, has not yet entered the design stage, but the city estimates construction could be completed by 2020.

Barney said he expects local representatives will need to travel to Washington, D.C., at some point to meet with the corps and other federal agencies to keep pushing the project.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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