- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - City officials in Minot will need about $109 million from other sources to complete flood resilience projects that are getting $74 million in federal grant funding.

Minot, which is continuing its recovery from devastating Souris River flooding in 2011, is one of 13 communities sharing in about $1 billion through the Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resiliency Competition.

The competitive program is designed to help communities recover and enhance their resilience in future disasters. Communities that experienced natural disasters from 2011 to 2013 were eligible to compete, and 40 communities applied. Winners were announced earlier this month.

Federal officials liked Minot’s proposals for a one-stop social service center, a technical education center, affordable housing and techniques to reduce flood risk, the Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1OSbEnB ).

“Your success is a testament to your extraordinary work to design a new way of rebuilding,” HUD officials said in a letter to the city. “The rest of the nation will be looking to your projects as a model of resilient recovery.”



Minot’s application totaled nearly $183 million. HUD indicated that the agency is willing to partially fund all of the projects the city outlined. That means other money is needed from private sources such as foundations to complete the work.

Minot Finance Director Cindy Hemphill said the city will have to determine how its projects fit into the missions of various foundations before pursuing funding.

The Souris River in June 2011 swamped part of Minot, damaging or destroying more than 4,000 homes and other structures and causing nearly $700 million in damage.

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

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