Hoeven Pushes Corps to Move Forward on Flood Protection Plan for Minot Region

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today met with Col. Michael Price, Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District, to continue his push for flood protection in Minot.

The senator said that includes revision of the International Agreement with Canada to improve flows through the city and the region. Col. Price said the Corps will hold a public meeting in Minot on March 20 to gather input from the public to present to the International Joint Commission on April 17.

Senator Hoeven said revising the International Agreement will be part of three-part strategy to help protect the city from future flooding. The plan also includes improving flood protection infrastructure in the city and expansion of storage, including in Lake Darling.

Col. Price has said the Corps’ modeling indicated that a combination of the three elements could provide additional flood protection. By increasing capacity in dams and adjusting upstream flows, the Corps can help limit peak water levels through the basin during periods of heavy rainfall or heavy winter runoff and raising levees will provide further protection in key areas through the city and region.