Shutdown delays approval of Minot flood grant planCity officials in Minot expect a decision within days on their plan for spending $35 million in flood recovery grant money, after the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government that ended earlier this month delayed approval.
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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — City officials in Minot expect a decision within days on their plan for spending $35 million in flood recovery grant money, after the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government that ended earlier this month delayed approval.
The city devastated by Souris River flooding in June 2011 received the money in May, in addition to about $67 million received and spent last year. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development must approve the city's plan for the money before it can be spent.
The funds will go toward property buyouts, road repairs, and to help homeowners with flood repairs. The grant application period that runs through the end of the year opened Oct. 14, and more than 750 people have registered so far for grants of up to $10,000, KXMC-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1csbBB5 ).
The city filed its plan in August and expected a response from HUD by now, but the shutdown that ended on Oct. 17 put the plan in limbo, Minot Finance Director Cindy Hemphill said. The city now expects a decision by Monday, she said.
The summer flooding in 2011 caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in North Dakota's fourth-largest city. It caused an estimated $690 million in damage, and recovery is ongoing.
A city committee this week voted to recommend the reconstruction of the Victoria Pedestrian Bridge over the river, after a structural analysis determined it could be repaired, the Minot Daily News reported. The City Council previously authorized the repair of two other pedestrian bridges.
Ward County's water board this week gave Burlington permission to apply for state help in adding to the city's dike system. Burlington, just a few miles west of Minot, battled Souris River and Des Lacs River floodwaters in 2011, with dozens of homes in the community inundated.
Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com
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