The city of Minot is trying to stretch $12.8 million dollars through the flood zone --- and they need your help.
A survey is being distributed to flooded homeowners through CDM Smith today.
Vice President Robert Batherson says the information will provide a baseline of what people want and what is expected when it comes to a buyout program.
The 'action plan' or contract between the city of Minot and Housing and Urban Development allocates $12.8 million for the buyout.
The State Water Commission has agreed to a 75 percent match of those funds.
The city is constrained by HUD rules to use those funds for low to moderate income housing.
CDM Smith is asking for an exception to that rule to allow more people to participate in the program.
Batherson says HUD has made exceptions in the past, but it will be based on solid data, which is why the returned surveys will play a big role.
(Robert Batherson, Vice President CDM Smith) "Take the time to fill out the survey and send it back in. Whether you want to participate in the buyout or not, it's important for us to get the information back so that we know what the demographics are. That way we can get the maximum amount of funds through the program to help people out."
It is important to note that if you receive a survey, it does NOT mean a guaranteed buyout.
The survey is primarily for data collection.