The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced more than $2 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the City of Minot for the first phase of a project to protect the Minot water treatment plant. HMGP provides grants to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. Phase I activities include design, engineering, and an environmental assessment with the approximate $2 million accounting for 75 percent of the total Phase I costs. As a result of the 2011 floods, more than $70 million in HMGP funding has been made available to North Dakota.
"As a result of the devastating flooding in and around Minot in 2011 we've undergone extensive rebuilding," Congressman Kevin Cramer said. "This project is an example of rebuilding in a way that makes the city of Minot more robust against possible future flooding events."
Congressman Cramer serves on the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology House Congressional Committees, including the Energy Subcommittee of Science, Space and Technology, and both the Energy and Environmental Regulations Subcommittees of Natural Resources.