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Associated Press, Published January 19 2012

Minot approves flood-related home buyout program

MINOT, N.D. — The Minot City Council has approved a plan that could result in the acquisition of more than 270 properties for future flood protection measures.

The voluntary program calls for negotiations to begin with willing landowners, with a goal of acquiring at least 272 homes. City Finance Director Cindy Hemphill is suggesting a citywide special assessment to pay the city's share of the cost, which could be as much as $10.7 million. State funds also will be used.

The total cost of acquiring the first 224 homes is $42.6 million. Officials hope to buy out another 48 homes through a separate federal program.

Souris River flooding last spring damaged more than 4,000 homes and businesses in Minot. Officials are now working on plans to prevent that from happening again.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.