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Forum staff reports, Published December 26 2012

Corps of Engineers to host public meeting on Sheyenne River flood risk study

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A status update of the Sheyenne River Flood Risk Management Feasibility study is scheduled for Jan. 10 here.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study evaluated alternatives for flood risk management in the area.

This is the first of three phases in the study to be completed. Initial data was collected, hydrologic and hydraulic models were updated, an economic analysis of average flood damages was calculated, and flood risk management alternatives were studied.

The study found that flood risk alternatives would not include razing or relocating any buildings.

The study tries to find cost-effective alternatives that can qualify for federal funding. The alternatives will be further developed in the next phase of the study.

The results of the initial feasibility study will be presented at the meeting, and residents will be asked to provide feedback.

The next two phases of the study are scheduled for 2013 and 2014. Phase Two will focus on identifying the tentatively selected plan, and Phase Three will include development of the plan.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Valley City High School, 493 Central Ave. N. A formal presentation will be at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer period is scheduled for 7:30.

The cost of the study is shared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and Valley City.