Hoeven names flood recovery coordinatorNorth Dakota Gov. John Hoeven brought a National Guard general out of retirement Friday and gave him the mission of coordinating the recovery from this spring’s flooding.
By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM
North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven brought a National Guard general out of retirement Friday and gave him the mission of coordinating the recovery from this spring’s flooding.
Brig. Gen. Terry L. Robinson will coordinate the efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and state, city and township governments as the state moves from battling floodwaters to repairing damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure, Hoeven said at a news conference in Fargo.
So far, the economic impact of flooding is estimated to be $150 million to $200 million statewide, Hoeven said.
Robinson said his job is to “make sure we can get everything we can,” in terms of covering those costs.
The 60-year-old Bismarck resident said the toughest fight will be finding the money to pay for all of the damage, especially miles of roads, bridges and other infrastructure destroyed by heavy trucks or floodwaters.
Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, head of the North Dakota National Guard, said Robinson’s experience in helping Grand Forks fight the 1997 flood and guiding the recovery there will be invaluable.
Tito Hernandez, FEMA director for flood recovery in North Dakota, urged residents to apply for aid by calling (800) 621-3362 or by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov.
FEMA announced that 965 families have started the process and are in line for $1.4 million in aid.
Hoeven said the state is nearing the threshold to get 90 percent reimbursement from the federal government for flood-fight and damage-repair costs.
About 4 percent of the remaining costs are paid by the state, and 6 percent by local governments, though the governor said he will try to cobble together a mix of funds.
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