Minot-area residents are invited to help shape the plan for the region's flood recovery at a series of public meetings this month.
The meetings are part of the process of Emergency Support Function-14 to engage the communities in drafting a plan for long-term recovery. The open house format will offer participants a chance to visit various stations on different topics that will be included in a long-range plan. Participants will be able to provide written comments.
An open house for Minot residents will be held Sept. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Jim Hill Middle School. Burlington residents will be able to offer input at an open house Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary School. Other Ward County residents, including communities and subdivisions in the Souris River Basin, are invited to an open house Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jim Hill Middle School.
Some homes in Minot, such as this one at 700 Third Street Northwest, still had dike material against the front door Thursday despite the main portion of the dike having been removed from the street. Minot and area residents are being invited to attend a series of public meetings this month to help create a regional flood recovery plan. The first meeting is set for Sept. 19.
The ESF-14 team is seeking residents' thoughts on what is needed for their communities to recover and what they would like their communities to look and feel like in 5 to 15 years.
People will be able to offer suggestions regarding the type of flood mitigation, protection and property acquisition program that they would like to see. They will be able
to share ideas related to housing, economy and growth, transportation, community facilities, infrastructure and community character.
The ESF-14 team will analyze information gathered at the meeting in preparation for a second round of public meetings in October to prioritize ideas. The information also will be used in continuing to draft the City of Minot's comprehensive plan. The city hired a consultant and began work on the plan last year. Work slowed due to the flood but will be resuming after the Sept. 19 meeting.