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This Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 photo, workers prepare ground for sidewalks outside townhomes in Minot, N.D. Officials are developing a small community in an area once used for temporary housing for Minot residents displaced by Souris River flooding in 2011. The townhomes, a school and a fire station are under construction in the 530-acre 55th Crossing area. (Jill Schramm/Minot Daily News via AP)

Minot development taking shape on former flood housing site

MINOT, N.D. — Officials are developing a small community in an area once used for temporary housing for Minot residents displaced by Souris River flooding in 2011.

The Minot Daily News reports that townhomes, a school and a fire station are under construction in the 530-acre 55th Crossing area. It also will be home to a gymnastics facility.

Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley joined local officials on Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Wrigley said the public-private partnership goes beyond making “lemonade from lemons.” He says it will create “something permanent, lasting and really, really positive.”

The Souris River in June 2011 swelled with excessive rain and spring snowmelt and swamped part of Minot, damaging or destroying more than 4,000 homes and other structures and causing nearly $700 million in damage.

In related news, Minot may soon be North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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