North Dakota statewide flooding expenses top $68 millionPreliminary cost estimates for the spring 2009 flood fight in North Dakota have passed $68 million and are expected to rise in the coming weeks.
By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM
Preliminary cost estimates for the spring 2009 flood fight in North Dakota have passed $68 million and are expected to rise in the coming weeks.
That $68 million figure is from the N.D. Department of Emergency Services, and includes statewide costs such as the National Guard, HESCO barriers and Federal Emergency Management Agency work orders, said Cecily Fong, public information officer.
It does not include damage to homes or public infrastructure.
State and local agencies are still tabulating the cost of the spring flood, Fong said, both protection measures and damages incurred.
For example, Fong said each county will fill out a project worksheet regarding damages to roads and other infrastructure, and send these into the state.
In Cass County, about $2.5 million in damage was done to county highways, said engineer Keith Berndt. The county is still estimating damages to subdivision roads.
Berndt said the county spent $1 million on sand and sandbags, and another $600,000 in miscellaneous costs.
The city of Fargo has spent between $5 million to $7 million on the flood fight, said Pat Zavoral, city administrator.
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