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Associated Press, Published November 11 2013

Minot, state get federal approval for flood money

MINOT, N.D. — The federal government has given the city of Minot approval to spend about $20 million in flood recovery grant money.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the city's plan for spending the money, which is part of a $35 million grant award announced earlier.

The city devastated by Souris River flooding in June 2011 is planning to use the money for property buyouts, road repairs and to help homeowners with repair expenses.

The state also has received permission to spend part of a $6.6 million federal grant. The state proposes to provide $3.2 million to a developer for housing for low- and moderate-income residents in Minot.

The 2011 flood damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in North Dakota' fourth-largest city.