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Souris River Valley flood control plan in limbo

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Plans for an $823 million flood control project for the Souris River Valley are in limbo due to federal policy changes and disagreements in Congress.

Corps of Engineers officials are studying new rules that impact changes to existing flood levees and the type of environmental study needed for projects.

Bills in the U.S. House and Senate also differ on whether the corps can start new projects, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says it's doubtful a final bill will pass before the November election.

The 2011 Souris River flood caused nearly $700 million in damage in Minot, and also affected some rural areas and communities. Federal money is needed for the long-term flood control project, though City Manager Cindy Hemphill says Minot and the state might be able to provide startup funds.

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