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Posted on: June 6, 2018

High Water Mark Initiative sign to be unveiled June 25

On the seventh anniversary of the 2011 Souris River Flood, community leaders and federal partners will celebrate Minot’s resiliency by unveiling one of the signs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s High Water Mark Initiative.

The event is scheduled for June 25 at noon at Minot’s Oak Park Amphitheater.

The signs will be hung at approximately 15 locations throughout the valley designating the high water mark at that location during the 2011 Souris River flood.

“We certainly want to reflect on the historic events of 2011 and the long-lasting effects on our community,” said Minot Mayor Chuck Barney. “But we should also use this opportunity to remind ourselves how far our city has come since 2011, and how our community continues to work together to make Minot great.”

As a community outreach project, the High Water Mark Initiative is designed to raise awareness with those who may be new to the community, serve as a reminder of the community’s flood risk, and encourage mitigation actions such as obtaining flood insurance.

By participating in the High Water Mark Initiative, the City of Minot will receive points under FEMA’s Community Rating System, which helps lower flood insurance premiums. Minot currently has a Class 8 rating, which entitles residents to a 10 percent discount on federal insurance premiums through FEMA’s insurance program.

“This is one of the many initiatives that help our residents qualify for discounts on flood insurance premiums,” City Engineer Lance Meyer said. “This project should also remind everyone that even as we have begun the construction of flood control measures, our city is still at risk for flooding.”

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