Engineers have released their 1,500-page proposal to protect areas from Burlington through Minot to Velva, N.D., and also Mouse River Park in Renville County. It would cost $154 million to acquire property for levees, flood walls and other structures, and $565 million to build them. The rest of the cost is engineering and management expenses.
The Minot Area Recovery Fund flood expense reimbursement process started in mid-November. The Minot Area Community Foundation met with more than 1,700 people and families during the first phase of money distribution.
Historic flooding was off the charts
It was a sunny day in August as Doug Johnson, a water resource engineer with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, drove on the gravel road that crosses the big earthen dam on the Souris River.
The American Red Cross said Monday that it will be receiving a $30,145 check for flood relief from UND and UND Athletics during the men’s basketball game against North Dakota State tonight at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been criticized by people living all along the river because of the way it managed last year's flood that caused $630 million damage to flood-control structures and covered hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland along the 2,341-mile-long river for months.
More than $89 million will be available for the Devils Lake Basin. That money, plus more than $10 million allocated this fall, pushes the basin to its new $100 million annual federal highway funding cap. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
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