Flood control for Minot would receive about 180-million dollars in the coming biennium under a bill that passed the House today.
The funds would come with the stipulation that Minot would not receive any further state funds for flood control until the year 2025.
Jim Olson is in the Magic City with details.
(Jim Olson/KX News) “The bill coming from the House has something around $180 million that could go toward flood control projects in the city of Minot. That’s a lot of money and it could protect a lot of the city.”
(Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R) Minot) “The first four phases would take 60-62% of the property in the city out of the flood zone.”
That’s why Representative Roscoe Streyle says he worked on a deal that would provide enough state funding now to build out the first four phases – basically the area from the 83 bypass past the water treatment plant and all the way to downtown where a flood wall would protect the north side of the river. And work on the first three of those four phases could start yet this year.
(Ryan Ackerman, Souris River Joint Board) “The environmental document will be signed and permits will be issues sometime in July and we can start construction shortly thereafter. So we’ll likely be out to bid sometime in the early summertime.”
That means about six years after the Mouse River roared through Minot at record levels, the first actual construction would begin on a project designed to protect the city from the river level reached in 2001.
But it all depends on what happens in the legislature in the next several weeks because the Senate could make changes to the House bill that funds the project based on new revenue projections.
(Ryan Ackerman, Souris River Joint Board) “There’ll be a new revenue forecast issued March 9th. At that time we’re going to see all the agency budgets being modified to fit the new revenue forecast whether it goes up or down.”
(Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R) Minot) “Yeah, we’ll see what the Senate does.”
(Jim Olson/KX News) “While the issue of flood protection for the city of Minot is debated at the legislature, there are also questions about what might happen this year. Coming up tomorrow night on KX News, I’ll be in Canada to tell you what’s going on as the group that meets to decide the future of flood control policies for this spring is meeting. I’ll have that for you tomorrow. Reporting in Minot, Jim Olson, KX News.”>>