Flood Risk Management: Section 205, Minnesota River, Montevideo, Minnesota

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published Feb. 26, 2015
Updated: March 22, 2022
In Fiscal Year 2008, Federal funding was provided to begin construction of the Montevideo, Minn., flood risk management 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. The total Federal project costs are limited to $7 million and have been expended.

Montevideo, Minn.


Minimize flood damages and disruptions caused by recurring flooding of the Minnesota and Chippewa rivers.


Montevideo is located in Chippewa County in western Minnesota, approximately 130 miles west of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is at the confluence of the Chippewa and Minnesota rivers and is subject to flooding from both rivers.


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. The project was then broken into five different stages: Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3a, Railroad Closure and Stage 3b.


  • Stage 1 construction work was completed in August 2009 and Stage 2 was completed in 2012.
  • Stage 3a construction work was physically completed in fall 2018.
  • The Railroad Closure construction was completed in summer, 2022.
  • The last remaining stage is Stage 3b, which includes raising 2,300 linear feet of the south leg of the 1969 levee by Gravel Road and the construction of two gatewells. Construction is underway and scheduled to be complete in fall 2022.

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


The initial costs were shared 65% federal and 35% non-federal, up to the federal limitation of $7 million. The non-federal sponsor has provided the balance of the funding.

Federal Cost                                               $7,000,000

Non-Federal Cost                                    $11,050,000

Estimated Total Cost                               $18,050,000