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BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has requested federal help for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and nine North Dakota counties that were hit with heavy rain in June.

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In his letter to President Barack Obama, Dalrymple requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency make federal funding available to local governments in Benson, Bottineau, Divide, Eddy, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward counties, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, a news release from the governor’s office said.

Preliminary damage assessments put recovery costs at about $1.05 million.

If approved, FEMA would cover about 75 percent of what local governments need for repairs to public infrastructure, such as roads and lift stations.

Between June 18 and July 1, storms dumped as much as 10 inches of rain in northwestern North Dakota. As much as 12 inches of rain was reported in Eddy County, and about 148,000 acres of prime farmland in Divide County remains flooded.

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