The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment to the proposed alterations to the existing levee system. New flood risk reduction features in Burlington, North Dakota will also be constructed.
There has been a history of flooding along the Souris River (also referred to as the Mouse River) in northcentral North Dakota.
In 2011, the flood of record occurred in the Souris River Basin, causing more than $1 billion in damages to homes, businesses, public facilities, and infrastructure along the entire length of the Souris River.
The Souris River Joint Water Resource Board (SRJB) is pursuing a plan to reduce future
flood risks throughout the U.S. portions of the Souris River Basin by constructing a series of new levees, floodwalls, and other flood risk reduction features. This plan has become known locally as the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project (MREFPP).
The MREFPP would be constructed and permitted in a number of stages over the course of multiple decades, depending on available funding. Ultimately, at the completion of construction, the MREFPP would provide flood risk reduction to 27,400 cubic feet per
second (cfs), flows equivalent to those experienced during the 2011 flood.
Construction of the MREFPP would require alterations to a number of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) flood risk reduction projects, collectively referred to as the Souris River Basin Project. The SRJB submitted a letter to the USACE to initiate the process for obtaining approval to allow alterations to existing USACE projects in the Souris River Basin.
The proposed alterations and modifications would further reduce the risks for future flood events for communities along the river, including Burlington.