Corps: Flood Protection Plan for Souris River Could Cost Up to $1B

November 8, 2016

The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Souris River flood protection project in North Dakota’s Ward County and is accepting public comments through Dec. 22.

The Minot Daily News reports that the draft recommends a plan the Souris River Joint Board has proposed, which includes nearly 19 miles of new levees, nearly 3 miles of new floodwalls, two channel realignments totaling nearly 2 miles, two high-flow bypass diversions, 21 transportation closure structures, the reconstruction or modification of six bridges and 121 acres of overbank excavation.

The draft says the estimated cost is $589 million to $1 billion.

The new features would accommodate flows up to 27,400 cubic feet per second, which is the estimated flow during a 2011 flood in Minot.

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