$3.9M flood protection project in Bismarck moving forward

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Burleigh County Water Resource District is obtaining easements and preparing for the final design of a $3.9 million flood protection project.

The project driven by Missouri River flooding in 2011 will guard against a 20-foot flood in southwest Bismarck's Fox Island subdivision. It was approved in 2016 by 80 percent of the 91 property owners who voted.

Some property owners whose homes will be outside of a levee objected to the project earlier.

The state is paying $2.8 million of the cost, with the rest funded by the county and subdivision residents inside the levee.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the project will be reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and North Dakota's state engineer before being finalized and bid. It's to be completed later this year.