Published January 20, 2022

Minot Officials Respond to Federal Funding Announcement for Flood Control Project

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Souris River in Minot June 23, 2011
Souris River in Minot June 23, 2011

MINOT — A key phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project has received a major financial boost.

Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, announced this week that $61.45 million has been secured to complete funding for Phase 4, also known as the Maple Diversion.

“This is great news for Minot and everyone in the Souris River Basin,” Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma said. “With funding for this phase, we can finish design work and move toward construction of this critically important piece of infrastructure. It’s been a long process to reach this point, and we’re very thankful that our partners have stood strong with us along the way.”

The project will construct a high-flow diversion channel in southwest Minot to a location near the new Broadway pump station; the channel will divert water in times of high river levels instead of letting water flow through sections of Minot that previously flooded, including the area near the former Ramstad Middle School. Completion of phase 4 will connect four other phases and help protect approximately 60 percent of Minot from future flooding.

“We are grateful that our federal partners have delivered on their commitment to provide funding for flood protection in the Mouse River basin. Federal support allows us to stretch state and local funds further throughout the basin,” Souris River Joint Board Chairman David Ashley said.

City of Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said the total cost of the Maple Diversion phase is approximately $90 million. State and local funds will cover the remaining 35 percent of the project’s cost.

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