Lisbon, N.D. – Sheyenne River Flood Protection

The City of Lisbon flooded above 19 feet in 1975, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2010 and 2011. All floods were successfully overcome with emergency temporary levees, large community involvement, and local, state and federal resources. However, each flood caused major damage to city infrastructure and the city’s financial resources.

After the 2011 flood, city leaders and Moore Engineering, Inc. worked together toward permanent flood control. The Sheyenne River banks stretch over 2.5 miles through the center of the city. These are challenging areas to protect from flooding. The project was divided into multiple phases. Each phase had challenges: unique engineering solutions, home buyouts and land acquisitions to name a few. In 2018, the city will construct their fifth permanent flood control project, with the intent of removing over 400 structures from the 100-year flood plain along the Sheyenne River.



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