MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Water Commission has agreed to help finance flood control work in downtown Minot.

The Minot Daily News reports the commission has approved funding 60 percent of the eligible improvements associated with a storm sewer line. Cost of the project is $1.25 million.

The city's flood control project calls for flood walls along the Souris River where it flows north of the downtown area. The new storm sewer will be designed to handle excess drainage as a result of the protection.

The June 2011 flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Minot. It caused nearly $700 million in damage.

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