Flood Assessment Team re-evaluates damages in Devils Lake Basin

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Governor Jack Dalrymple announced yesterday that the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has dispatched an assessment team to the Devils Lake Basin where they are gathering additional flood damage information to be used in an updated state request for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program.

“Flood damages continue to mount and many people have lost access to their homes and farms for 30 days or more,” Dalrymple said. “These updated flood damage assessments will help determine if FEMA will expand the state’s eligibility for Individual Assistance to include the Devils Lake Basin.”

The preliminary damage assessment team, made up of officials from FEMA, the state Department of Emergency Services and county and tribal officials, took an aerial tour of Ramsey County and the Spirit Lake Nation today. The team plans to tour flooding in Benson County and possibly Towner County on Wednesday.

To date, President Obama has approved Individual Assistance for homeowners and business owners in five counties: Ward, Burleigh, Morton, Renville and McHenry. On May 23, Dalrymple requested that FEMA provide Individual Assistance in 20 counties and two Indian reservations hard hit by major flooding.  Dalrymple followed the initial request by asking that Individual Assistance also be approved for the counties of Ward, Burleigh and Renville.  The counties and Indian reservations included in the state’s request for Individual Assistance are: Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McLean, Morton, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Ward and Walsh Counties as well as the Spirit Lake Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program will not cover all flood damages, but is designed to relieve the impact of losses for people with low and moderate incomes.  The program can provide people with assistance to help cover costs for temporary housing, repairs to their homes, and funding toward replacement of a home that has been totally destroyed. It also includes “Other Needs Assistance,” which may cover medical, transportation, moving and storage, and other expenses associated with personal loss due to flooding.  People who have lost their jobs or unable to reach their place of work may also be eligible for assistance.

Source: office of Governor Dalrymple

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