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Associated Press, Published April 04 2012

Minot mayor says more federal flood money needed

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman says federal flood recovery aid is appreciated but it isn't enough.

Zimbelman said during a U.S. Senate Budget Committee field hearing in the city on Tuesday that Minot's unmet flood recovery needs are in the range of $1 billion. That includes the city's $543 million share of an $820 million flood control project to guard against a repeat of last year's record Souris River flooding.

More than 4,000 homes and businesses in North Dakota's fourth-largest city were swamped in 2011 and thousands of people were forced to evacuate.

Nearby Burlington also was hit hard. City Engineer Ryan Ackerman says the city has $56 million in unmet needs.

The state's congressional delegation says officials need to make a case for more federal funding.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.