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Flood protection for the Souris River Basin is among a select group of projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to study this year

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MINOT, North Dakota — Flood protection for Minot and the Souris River Basin is among a select group of projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to study this year.

U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say the corps' 2016 work plan includes $200,000 to begin the study. President Barack Obama's proposed 2017 budget includes $500,000 to continue it.

The flooded Souris River in June 2011 damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes and other structures in Minot, causing nearly $700 million in damage. The flood also caused more damage in rural areas.

Hoeven and Heitkamp say it's important that the corps be involved in a permanent flood protection plan, to help secure federal dollars for future construction. Cost estimates for a project are as high as $1 billion.

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