Corps chief OKs N.D. Souris River flood project

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The chief of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a Souris River flood protection project in northern North Dakota.

The Corps says in a release that Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite signed the final report Tuesday during a gathering of public officials in Minot. He is recommending that Congress authorize the project.

The plan includes a diversion channel along Maple Street parallel to the BNSF Railroad Tracks and a corresponding 1,200-foot long earthen levee, along with other flood control structures. Construction would happen in several phases.

A June 2011 Souris River flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed thousands of buildings in Minot and prompted the evacuation of more than 11,000 people. It caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the region.

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