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Updated September 2018


Montevideo is located in Chippewa County in western Minnesota, approximately 130 miles west of St. Paul, MN.  The city is at the confluence of the Chippewa and Minnesota rivers.  The area is subject to flooding from both rivers.  Areas that are affected include the 1969 levee area, the Smith Addition and U.S. Highway 212 areas.



In fiscal year 2008, federal funding was provided through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Continuing Authorities Program to construct the project.  The project cooperation agreement was executed in August 2007, and the stage 1 construction contract was awarded in September 2008.  The stage 2 construction contract was awarded in September 2010.  To complete the project, a third stage of construction will be needed at full expense to the non-federal sponsor, the city of Montevideo.  Stage 3 will be split into two contracts (stages 3a and 3b).  The total federal project costs are limited to $7 million and have been expended.

Stage 1 construction work was completed in August 2009.  The work included building approximately 1,600 linear feet of levees by Canton Avenue, a seepage berm in Smith Park and minor modifications to catch basins along Highway 212.

Stage 2 construction work was physically completed in November 2012.  The work included improving the levee at the wastewater treatment plant, a road raise and levee for the Highway 212 area, and a new levee and pump station in the area behind the truck stop.

In fiscal year 2016, plans and specifications for stages 3a and 3b were initiated, and a contract for a Phase III Cultural Mitigation near the stage 3b gatewell outlet ditch was awarded. Stage 3a work includes levee and seepage berms in the north leg of the 1969 levee behind the truck stop and a road raise at Parkview Drive.  Stage 3a work is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.  Stage 3b work includes raising 2,300 linear feet of the south leg of the 1969 levee by Gravel Road and a closure structure at the railroad tracks.  Final plans and specifications for stage 3b are anticipated in early 2019. The contract for stage 3b will be advertised and awarded contingent upon non-federal sponsors availability of funding.



Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended.


The final design and construction costs are shared 65 percent federal and 35 percent non-federal, with a total federal limitation up to a cost share of $7 million.

Federal cost                                          $7.00 million*
Non-federal cost                                   $8.86 million
Total estimated cost                             $15.86 million

* Total federal cost share for this project is limited to $7 million; therefore, all remaining costs are non-federal.

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