Governor Jack Dalrymple yesterday spoke by phone with President Obama about North Dakota’s need for expanded federal assistance to recover from unprecedented flooding.
Dalrymple asked the President to have the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide Individual Assistance more equitably so that flood victims in one county are treated the same as victims of the same flood in an adjacent county. North Dakota has experienced major flooding along the Red River, the Missouri River, the Souris River, as well as in the Devils Lake Basin. Within each of the flood areas, affected residents and businesses should be treated the same, regardless of the county they reside in, Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple told the President that statewide flood damages will exceed the federal government’s threshold to trigger a 90-percent FEMA cost-share, and he asked the President to provide that level of funding to help the state recover from record flooding.
President Obama told Dalrymple that he will take both requests into consideration and that he will meet with FEMA’s top officials to discuss them. Dalrymple also invited the President to visit North Dakota where he could see first-hand the extent of flooding.
“If the President could see the devastation with his own eyes he would instantly understand that we are experiencing a major disaster,” Dalrymple said.
Source: office of Governor Dalrymple