The plan to pay for flood protection along the Mouse River suffered a setback this week in Washington DC.
The president signed into law a bill authorizing federal participation in water-related projects around the nation – and the Mouse River Plan is not listed.
It’s been several years since the last so-called “WRDA” bill was passed, and Minot officials had been trying to get the Minot project included this time, to make the city eligible for federal funding.
(Shaun Sipma, Minot Mayor) “We have not a federal dollar of participation in building flood control. You take a look at a lot of other communities around the country in terms of their recovery efforts, we just haven’t been put on that equal standing for whatever reason. We don’t know.”
The city was hoping to receive 55-million dollars from the feds for a key part of the billion-dollar flood protection project.
KX News reached out to Senator John Hoeven about the issue and he released a statement saying he will, “work to secure the authorization in the next available legislative vehicle.”
Mayor Sipma says that could mean being included in a coming federal disaster relief bill.