North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and the state’s Congressional Delegation received word late today that President Obama has approved a limited emergency declaration to assist in flood-fighting efforts along the Red River. The declaration makes available federal resources and financial assistance to help local jurisdictions within Cass, Grand Forks, Pembina, Richland, Traill and Walsh counties recover costs associated with severe flooding.
“We’re pleased that the president has approved our request so that federal resources will be available to assist in flood-fighting efforts along the Red River,” Dalrymple said. “We will continue to press the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expand the declaration to include other counties threatened by major flooding.”
Dalrymple’s request for a presidential emergency declaration included Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Grand Forks, McHenry, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Towner, Traill and Walsh counties, as well as the Spirit Lake Reservation. The potential for significant river, tributary and overland flooding also exits in other counties in the Devils Lake Basin as well as in the Souris, Sheyenne, James and Pembina river basins. Other counties and Tribal Nations may be included as conditions change.Share