Gov. Jack Dalrymple today said he has recommended the State Water Commission take the lead on developing a permanent flood control project in Ward County. The Governor will also recommend that the state and federal government pay the lion's share of a floodway engineering study to begin work on a permanent floodway.
"We need to begin the process of developing an engineering study that takes into account the protection needed to safeguard the Minot area from the level of flooding we are dealing with today," Dalrymple said. "The engineering study will serve as the basis for property acquisitions and the building of future, permanent levees throughout the Minot and Burlington areas."
Dalrymple, chairman of the State Water Commission, will recommend during the commission's August 17 meeting, that the state and federal government cover more than 90 percent of the costs to complete a Minot area floodway study.
Minot's flood control system was designed to protect against a 100-year flood, with Mouse River flows reaching as high as 5,000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs). In June, after more than 10,000 people were evacuated from their Minot homes, officials recorded historic water flows of 26,000 cfs along the Mouse River. Unprecedented flooding in the Minot area has damaged an estimated 4,100 homes and businesses.
"The state has been a full partner in the Minot area flood response," Dalrymple said. "We shored up levees when water began to rise. We helped residents in the evacuation and we continue to help them get the assistance they need. We're playing a major role in the recovery process and we're committed to protecting area residents from future flood threats."