Senator John Hoeven today told attendees at the Bismarck-Mandan Flood Recovery Conference that state, federal and local officials need to continue to work on both recovering from this year’s floods, and also on doing all they can to mitigate the risk of similar flooding in the future.
“North Dakota is on track to receive more than $786 million to help individuals and communities recover from what is clearly one of the most severe flood seasons in our state’s history,” Hoeven said. “As water levels continue to recede and work to rebuild our towns and cities advances, we need not only to repair homes, roads, schools and other infrastructure, but also to do all we can to prevent a repeat of this year’s destruction next year.”
Hoeven told the gathering of officials from Bismarck-Mandan and Burleigh-Morton County that he is working to help on both fronts. Based on state damage estimates, the federal government will provide more than $786 million in assistance to the state. This figure will grow as additional claims are made. To date, it includes:
Statewide Grants, Direct Assistance and Loans (based on claims to date)
- · Road and bridge damage statewide, est’d federal share $200 million
- · Public infrastructure damage statewide, est’d federal share $270 million
- · U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, statewide flood fight $37.4 million
- · FEMA Individual Assistance, statewide funding to date $91 million
- · Small Business Administration disaster loans $188 million
Statewide Federal Share to Date: $786.4 million
Additional federal hazard mitigation grants will be allocated this fall based on 15 percent of the total public infrastructure and individual assistance provided statewide. Hoeven is also working in the U.S. Senate to secure Community Development Block Grant funding to assist the communities.
Earlier this summer, Hoeven and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri led the effort to form the Missouri River Working Group, a bipartisan, cooperative coalition of lawmakers from seven states focused on improving flood control along the Missouri River and addressing flood impacts on local communities. Hoeven and the group have called on the Army Corps of Engineers to apply lessons from this year’s flooding as it prepares next year’s operating plan for the Missouri River.
The working group has also asked the Corps to report on how it will use National Weather Service data for the rest of this year and next, and how it will improve communications with the public and government officials on reservoir conditions, the Corps’ operating decisions and potential flood risk. The senators requested a plan and timeline for federal assistance in repairing levees and other flood control measures damaged by this year’s floods, as well as the agency’s plans for investments in federal infrastructure to reduce flood damage in the future.