Burgum requests Presidential major disaster declaration
Pat Sweeney | May 22, 2020 AT 3:45 pm
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has requested a presidential major disaster declaration for widespread spring flooding … estimated to have caused more than $40 million in damage to roads and other infrastructure.
The request follows an executive order Burgum issued April 24 declaring a statewide flood emergency.
The latest request includes 21 counties including Grand Forks, Pembina, Walsh, Traill, Steele and Wells… and requests that the President declare a major disaster for the period of March 2 to April 25, when the Red River dropped below major flood stage in Pembina.
If granted, a presidential declaration would unlock FEMA public assistance to help pay for flood damage.
Preliminary assessments indicate that damage in the 21 counties is expected to exceed $9.2 million, with an additional $2 million in damage estimated to still be underwater.
The North Dakota D-O-T also reported damages totaling $29.7 million to its network of Federal Aid System roads.
In addition to public assistance, Burgum also is asking that the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program be implemented on a statewide basis to help communities pay for flood mitigation projects that increase resiliency and reduce costs in the long run.
President Trump and FEMA granted Burgum’s request for a presidential disaster declaration last June in response to 2019 spring flooding in 19 North Dakota counties.