More federal grant money awarded for flood protection project at Minot water treatment plant

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MINOT, North Dakota — The city of Minot is getting a $6.1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help protect the city's water treatment plant and keep it functioning during a flood.

The plant is the only source of drinkable water for the city, Minot Air Force Base and many rural residents in the area. More than 100,000 people were put on a boil order when the plant was impacted by Souris River flooding in 2011.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the FEMA money is the first installment of the $19.8 million federal share of the $26 million second phase of a project to improve flood protection for the plant. The city received a $2 million FEMA grant in 2013 for the first phase.

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