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Water Commission on Flood Plan

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The city of Minot will receive nearly four million dollars to pay a big chunk of the engineering costs for two projects considered key to short-term flood control while waiting for the balance of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Control Project to be completed.

The State Water Commission voted today to grant 3-point-8 million dollars to pay 60% of the estimated engineering costs for designing a flood wall on 4th Avenue Northeast - in downtown Minot, and what's called the Napa Valley-Forest Road projects.

Bruce Englehardt of the State Water Commission said engineering costs are not normally paid for by the commission, but in the case of the devastation of the 2011 flood, he felt it was critical to get the projects going now.

(Bruce Englehardt, State Water Commission) "To get a project like this built takes a lot of years and, well, since 1993 it just seems like it's getting wetter and wetter so to hope that you don't have another major event in all the year's we've got to get this constructed is not too likely. So it's good to get the most important features in as quickly as possible."

(Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Water Board Chairman) "These dollars we're talking about today are in key locations and so in that sense there's no money being wasted."

The city of Minot is planning to advertise for an engineering firm for the 53-million dollar projects which are part of the estimated 840-million dollar total project.

Engineering for the two jobs approved today will cost about 6-and-a-half million dollars, with the State Water Commission now agreeing to pay 60% of that cost.

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