$3.9M flood project in Bismarck moving forward

BISMARCK (AP) — A county water resource district is obtaining easements and preparing for final design of a $3.9 million flood protection project in Bismarck.
The project driven by the 2011 Missouri River flooding will guard against a 20-foot flood in southwestern Bismarck’s Fox Island subdivision. The Burleigh County Water Resource District’s project will add a levee and raise a section of road in the area.
It was approved in 2016 by 80 percent of the property owners who voted, the Bismarck Tribune reported .
The state is paying $2.8 million of the cost, and the rest will be funded by the county and subdivision residents inside the levee.
The district said about 22 property owners signed a petition opting out of the flood protection project in 2012, and their properties won’t be protected. Some of those residents, though, say they voted against the project, not flood protection.
“I didn’t opt out of flood control,” said resident Tim Clausnitzer. “My whole backyard would’ve been a levee. I voted against that option, then later found out we were out of the whole thing.”
The district is working to obtain construction easements to level resident’s driveways after the section of road is raised.
“There’s going to be a bump in their driveway and if they’d like it fixed, we need a temporary easement to fix it,” said Commissioner Kathleen Jones. “If they don’t want it fixed, they’re going to have a bump in their driveway.”
Before the project is finalized and bid, it’ll be reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the state engineer. It’s expected to be completed later this year.