Minot to compete for millions of dollars in grant money to help with recovery from 2011 flood



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MINOT, North Dakota — The city of Minot is competing for part of nearly $1 billion in federal grant money to boost flood recovery efforts in the Souris River Basin.

Minot will enter the National Disaster Resiliency Competition for a share of the money being distributed in December 2015, according to City Manager Lee Staab.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development program is designed to help communities continue recovery and enhance resilience for future disasters. Communities that experienced natural disasters from 2011 to 2013 are eligible to compete, the Minot Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1vM3nu3 ).

The Souris River in June 2011 swelled with excessive rain and spring snowmelt and swamped part of Minot, damaging or destroying more than 4,000 homes and other structures and causing nearly $700 million in damage. More damage occurred in rural areas of the north central North Dakota basin.

The first phase of the competition requires communities to develop an outline of what they want to achieve.

"We are looking for a basinwide approach that we can adapt not only to the city of Minot but also the basin as well," he said.

A community advisory committee is being formed and will meet on Monday. A public meeting is planned Tuesday night. Public meetings also will be held in January and February.

The city plans to send about half a dozen representatives to a conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in mid-January at which officials with several federal agencies will help with the application process. The first phase application is due March 16. HUD will announce results in June. Those selected will move into the second phase, where communities develop their specific projects. Projects are due in October, and award recipients will be named in December.

Minot is one of 67 applicants in the grant competition. Applicants who make it into the second phase are eligible for up to $30 million.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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