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More than 30 City staff received initial training at the end of June on how to install the temporary road closures needed to connect permanent floodwalls by the Water Treatment Plant.
This portion of the floodwall is between 12th Street SW and 8th Avenue SW and is part of the HMGP-Water Treatment Plant flood protection project. The columns and aluminum stop logs are all housed in a storage building on site near the water treatment plant, and would require a minimum of two hours at each opening just to install the various pieces and ensure they are secure against a flood. Additional time is needed for the logistics of cleaning the base for installation, mobilizing the stop logs and equipment to the individual site to perform the installation.
The $25 million construction of the flood protection at the Water Treatment Plant is nearing an end, after two years of work.
On this project, the first one building floodwalls and levees after the 2011 flood, the various government partners are sharing the costs. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program through FEMA allows for a federal share of 75 percent of actual costs, with the State of North Dakota’s share at 10 percent and the City of Minot’s share at 15 percent. The City of Minot awarded the construction contract to Wagner Construction in August 2015, for a total cost of almost $25 million.
The HMGP-Water Treatment Plan Project is a stand-alone effort to provide long-term protection to the region’s main potable water treatment facility.