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Published November 11, 2013, 09:27 AM

Minot, state get federal approval for flood money

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has given the city of Minot and the state of North Dakota approval to spend more than $23 million in flood recovery grant money.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has given the city of Minot and the state of North Dakota approval to spend more than $23 million in flood recovery grant money.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the city's plan for spending about $20 million that 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. Approval was delayed by the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government last month.

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.

"This approval is a big step," the state's congressional delegation said in a statement. "It will enable Minot to continue their work of rebuilding the city better than ever. They can now implement recovery strategies they've worked long and thoughtfully on to restore and rebuild the housing, infrastructure and businesses that were severely impacted by the 2011 flood."

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

Minot and surrounding Ward County to date have received federal grants, loans and direct assistance totaling nearly $653 million for flood relief and recovery, according to the delegation.

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