Gov. Jack Dalrymple and members of the Souris River Joint Board on Thursday unveiled a preliminary map for a comprehensive flood protection project that will help Minot-area residents, whose homes were damaged during unprecedented spring flooding, make important financial decisions about their property.
State and local officials said the preliminary map will help Minot-area residents understand if their property is likely to be purchased and removed to make way for a flood protection project. Dalrymple said it's important that Minot-area residents provide input that can be used in developing a final flood protection plan. Public meetings will be held Nov. 8, 9 and10 from 7pm to 9pm. The meetings will be held in Theater Room at the All Seasons Arena which is located on the Minot Fairgrounds.
The preliminary map indicates that the alignment of a flood protection project capable of protecting the region from the level of flooding experienced this year would require the purchase and the removal of several hundred homes in the Minot area.
"Now it's up to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to authorize Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds and other FEMA resources to help move a project forward," Dalrymple said. "Residents in the Minot area deserve effective flood control and that will require significant and timely funding assistance from local, state and federal governments."
The State Water Commission has provided $2.5 million to cover the costs of the project's initial phase. Barr Engineering Co. and Minot-based Ackerman-Estvold Engineering are working with state and local officials on the project's alignment. A report provided by the engineering firms includes a preliminary alignment for a comprehensive flood control project, but projected costs have not yet been calculated.