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Recovery to RESILIENCE

Catastrophic flooding in May 2018 caused upward of $50 million in damages to riverbanks, community infrastructure, and residential and commercial properties in the flood-prone areas along the Kettle and Granby Rivers.

City Council and staff recognize that the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this serious community trauma will be felt for years. They also appreciate that together we can move beyond devastation to the opportunities that recovery provides, such as future flood protection, restoration of natural assets, and stabilization of downtown economic development.

To help unify and organize those efforts, the City of Grand Forks launched its Recovery to RESILIENCE campaign in October 2019, specifically to:

  • Implement a successful buyout program with voluntary agreements that help affected property owners move forward and reinvest. And to help affected property owners find and relocate replacement homes in 2019-2021;
  • Optimize communication and collaboration among key stakeholders during floodplain restoration and infrastructure upgrades from 2019-2023; and
  • Foster the community healing needed for unity and prosperity into the future.

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