North Dakota flood aid $19 million so farBISMARCK – The bills from North Dakota’s 2009 spring floods and other severe weather are still coming in, and officials believe they will reach the $78.3 million threshold at which the federal government pays 90 percent of the recovery cost.
By: Associated Press, INFORUM
BISMARCK – The bills from North Dakota’s 2009 spring floods and other severe weather are still coming in, and officials believe they will reach the $78.3 million threshold at which the federal government pays 90 percent of the recovery cost.
An update from the state Emergency Management Department issued Thursday says 7,357 people have applied for federal disaster aid and more than $19 million has been approved.
Department spokeswoman Cecily Fong said the report is the department’s final overall flood-impact summary because the state is “well into recovery.” Agencies are still tallying their costs, however.
The department has tallied about
$68 million so far, Fong said Thursday. If the total is less than $78.3 million, the federal government will pick up 75 percent of the cost while state and local governments will pay the rest. Above that threshold, the federal share is 90 percent.
So far, the report says the government paid about $7.7 million in individual aid to homeowners and about $14.7 million in low-interest Small Business Administration loans. About $1.1 million went for disaster unemployment assistance.
The report says there were 1,376 federal flood insurance claims for a total of about
$13 million. It says the number of policyholders went up more than 700 percent from the previous year.
Officials say about $18 million in state money has been approved for infrastructure repair projects, out of an anticipated $36.8 million.
Livestock losses have been estimated at about $30 million, including some 90,000 cattle.
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