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Pushing for Flood Control Decisions

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We get tired of hearing about the roadblocks to progress on flood control.

That's how Ward County Engineer Dana Larsen described the mood of city and county officials in dealing with the federal government regarding flood control.

His remarks came today as US Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosted US Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Daniel Koprowski and local officials to discuss the status of flood control, three years after historic flooding along the Mouse River.

The city has three pieces of the enhanced flood control project ready to be worked on as soon as approval is granted by the Corps of Engineers.

But Minot officials say that so far, the Corps has not decided what kind of environmental study will be needed before moving ahead with the project.

Minot Mayor Chuck Barney says answers need to come quickly so citizens start to see some work done next year to build defenses against future high water years.

(Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D) ND) ""We've got to get to the point where you can make decisions so people can make choices as to what they're going to do with their property and what that will mean long-term for them. And that decision-making for them has been delayed and it's heartbreaking to see a lot of your citizens suffer through that.

Senator Heitkamp and Colonel Koprowski took a tour of some of the flood-impacted areas of the valley to see how the recovery is progressing.


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