Minot flood

'Largest infrastructure project in Minot' completed

Oct 9, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

It was the largest infrastructure project in Minot’s history.

The project was a rebuilding of Minot's downtown. It was one part of the city's recovery from the devastating 2012 flood. Minot mayor Chuck Barney said 26 city blocks of downtown Minot were affected by the project.

"We replaced or upgraded all that was in the public right-of-way," Barney said at a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the project's completion. "The water mains, the sewer mains, the storm sewer pipelines, roads, sidewalks, benches, trees, streetlights -- everything."

Minot mayor: Work progressing on flood control project

Aug 14, 2017
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Now that the floodwall to protect Minot’s water treatment facilities has been completed, work will begin soon on the rest of the flood control project.

"The first three phases go out to bid yet this summer," said Minot Mayor Chuck Barney. "We'll get some dirt moving."

Those first three phases include floodwalls and diking. The fourth phase is called the “Maple Diversion.”

Barney said the city is looking for a little more funding for that phase. He said the fourth phase is critical.

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A milestone in flood control for Minot.

The first part of the flood control plan developed after the record 2011 flood.

The city's water treatment facilities -- whihc include the treatment facility for the Northwest Area Water Supply Project, will now be protected by a flood wall.

Minot Mayor Chuck Barney kicked off the festivities.

Ground was broken this week for the first phase of the Minot flood control project.

It’s a flood wall to protect the city’s water treatment plant.

"It will provide flood protection to probably the most critical piece of infrastructure we have in Minot," said Minot public works director Dan Jonasson. "Our water treatment plant, and the NAWS (Northwestern Area Water Supply) high service pump station, which pumps water to the rest of the NAWS system."

The new commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division got his first on-site look at the impact of the 2011 Souris River Flood.

As Dave Thompson reports, state and local officials want General Michael Wehr and the Corps to remember Minot – when it comes time for federal funding.

The numbers tell the story: 4100 structures engulfed; 11,000 people evacuated; hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. And Minot Mayor Chuck Barney says the flood changed the psychology of the community.

State and local officials are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to approve permits for the Souris River Basin flood control project in phases – to help make sure the project can be built in a timely manner.

The Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project is basin wide – and has a goal of providing flood protection up to the 2011 flood of record – or 27,400 cubic feet per second.

"All in the flood project in the Minot area, which goes from Burlington all the way to Velva," said Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND). "You're looking at $820 million."

"I think we've come a long ways, that's for sure."

That's how Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman characterizes the city's recovery from the devastating 2011 Souris River flood.  He acknowledges the city has made strides, but there are challenges ahead.

Zimbelman says at the same time, Minot’s economy is booming – and the city is also dealing with that reality. But he says the city has been able to manage things.

Compliance checks in Minot yield few violations

Jun 28, 2013

Representatives of state agencies who conducted a compliance check of contractors in the Minot area say they’re very pleased with the results.

Perrell Grossman is the head of the Attorney General’s consumer protection unit. He says the agencies st0pped at 28 work sites in Minot and inspected 194 different contractors, to make sure they had the proper licenses and registration.

Rebuilding dreams 5

Jun 12, 2013

The 2011 Souris River flood was – to put it mildly – unprecedented.

Over four thousand structures in Minot were damaged or destroyed. And 12-thousand people were displaced.

This record flood has brought about some changes in management of the Souris River. As part of our series “Minot: Rebuilding Dreams,” Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports on lessons learned from the flood.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the flood of 2011 was more massive than anything the people of the Souris River Valley have ever seen.

Rebuilding Dreams 4

Jun 11, 2013

State and federal aid has been flowing into Minot and the Souris Valley to help the region recover from the 2011 flood – and to prepare for future floods.

In the fourth part of our series, “Minot: Rebuilding Dreams” – Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports on how the state of North Dakota is assisting Minot with recovery and prevention.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple reaffirmed the state's commitment to Minot in a recent speech.