Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman today held a meeting with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and led them on a tour of flood-damaged neighborhoods in Minot. Also attending were representatives of Sen. Conrad, Sen. Hoeven and Congressman Berg. During the tour and meeting at Minot City Hall, Dalrymple and local officials pressed for FEMA's support of a comprehensive plan to incorporate federal disaster funding into a larger flood mitigation project.
Dalrymple and local officials discussed the framework for Minot's long-term flood recovery with David Miller, who directs FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and Robin Finegan, FEMA's Denver-based regional administrator. Dalrymple asked the FEMA officials to assist Minot with property acquisitions for planned greenway space as part of the city's flood mitigation project. He also emphasized the need to keep the flood recovery process moving forward on a timely basis.
"It's very important we make steady progress in helping Minot residents recover from last year's historic flood and in providing long-term flood protection," Dalrymple said. "We will continue to work with FEMA to leverage federal mitigation funding as part of a larger flood protection plan."
State and local officials want to use a combination of local, state and federal funds to advance a comprehensive flood mitigation project that would protect Minot residents from flood events similar to that of 2011. A comprehensive plan would expedite long-term flood protection efforts and maximize the use of available federal Hazard Mitigation Grant funds.
The 2011 Mouse River flood devastated the city of Minot, inundating 4,100 homes and damaging public infrastructure critical to city services. More than 10,000 people were evacuated after officials announced that flood waters would top the city's earthen levees.
Federal and state funding also will be used to support flood mitigation projects in Ward County, Cass County, Morton County, Burleigh County and other areas of the state, Dalrymple said.