Dedication Ceremony Today for Dry Dam Near Hope

The Associated Press

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for a $9 million flood control project in eastern North Dakota.

The Upper Maple River Dam is a 35-foot tall, 20-foot wide structure located six miles south of Hope. It is a dry dam, which means it will only hold water during flood events and farmers will otherwise be able to use the area for growing crops and grazing animals.

The 925-acre retention area is expected to reduce the flood risk to over 22,000 acres of cropland and roadways.

The project was designed by West Fargo-based Moore Engineering, Inc. and built by H&S Contracting of Moorhead, Minnesota.

The ribbon cutting event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by tours. It is open to the public.