Flood emergency declaredA flood emergency was declared Friday by Gov. John Hoeven for 16 North Dakota counties and one tribal reservation that have a 50-50 chance of reaching or topping major flood stage.
A flood emergency was declared Friday by Gov. John Hoeven for 16 North Dakota counties and one tribal reservation that have a 50-50 chance of reaching or topping major flood stage.
They are Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Mercer, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Traill and Walsh counties, and the Spirit Lake Reservation.
Also part of Hoeven’s executive order are Stutsman and LaMoure counties.
Hoeven also sent two requests to the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting flood-related assistance:
- Hoeven wants to use a U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aerial system based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to provide imagery for flood response. He also seeks temporary expansion of airspace approval to operate the aircraft.
- He asked for help to assess threats and develop strategies to support local and state response and recovery efforts.
Hoeven has also asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Paul and Omaha districts to help bolster state and local flood preparations
In a related matter, Hoeven said President Barack Obama approved a presidential disaster declaration for 25 counties and one tribal reservation tied to damages caused by a severe winter storm Jan. 20-25.
That means 75 percent of eligible damages will be covered by federal aid. The state will cover another 10 percent of those costs.
The counties and tribal reservation are Adams, Barnes, Billings, Bowman, Burke, Dickey, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Logan, McIntosh, McKenzie, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Ransom, Renville, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Steele and Walsh counties, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Estimates point to more than $20 million in eligible losses for local and county governments, and several rural electric cooperatives.