Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request to extend the deadline for North Dakota residents to apply for federal flood assistance.
Home owners and business owners have until November 21, 2011, to apply with FEMA for Individual Assistance. The deadline extension also gives flood victims 60 more days to apply for low-interest loans provided by the Small Business Administration. Additionally, the extension means that FEMA will continue to operate a Disaster Recovery Center in Minot where property owners are recovering from unprecedented flooding along the Mouse River. The eligibility for federal flood assistance programs was set to expire Thursday, September 22.
“This extension was very important because many property owners in the Minot area have been waiting for more information about a floodway project and buyouts – information that will help them make critical financial decisions about their flood-damaged property,” Dalrymple said.
The State Water Commission today hired Barr Engineering Co. to provide preliminary design alternatives for a Minot-area flood control project along the Mouse River. The firm is expected to complete the study by Nov. 3. The deadline extension will give Minot area residents time to review the pending floodway report and make decisions about their property.
However, all flood-impacted residents and business owners are encouraged to apply for FEMA assistance as soon as possible. Property owners who may need a low-interest loan also are encouraged to contact the SBA as soon as possible. Alfred Judd, director of the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance, said home owners and business owners can apply and be approved for a disaster loan without drawing any funds on the approved loan.
Residents affected by 2011 flooding can register for assistance by calling: 800-621-3362 (also applies for VRS and 711-Relay users) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free line is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or with a smart phone at m.fema.gov.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple also announced that an engineering firm hired to complete a floodway study for the city of Minot and Ward County has agreed to expedite the project and provide a preliminary report by November 3.
The State Water Commission today awarded the floodway design project to Barr Engineering Co. and approved $750,000 in funding for the project’s initial phase. Barr Engineering, one of seven firms considered to lead the project, will provide a preliminary report about six weeks ahead of schedule. The report will include floodway alternatives for Minot and Ward County officials to consider in finalizing a flood protection system. Minot-based Ackerman-Estvold Engineering is working with Barr to complete the study.
“We asked for the study to be expedited and it is good news that it will be available six weeks earlier than originally expected,” said Dalrymple, chairman of the nine-member State Water Commission. “The timing of this work is critical because this information is needed to help people make personal decisions about their property.”
Source: office of Governor Dalrymple