Governor Jack Dalrymple lead high-ranking FEMA officials on flood tours in the Minot area, the Bismarck-Mandan area and in the Devils Lake Basin to demonstrate the state’s need for additional flood mitigation and protection assistance.
In the Minot area, Dalrymple, David Miller, administrator of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and other federal, state and local officials toured flood-damaged neighborhoods within and outside the Mouse River’s 100-year flood plain. During a public meeting at Minot City Hall and the ground tour, Dalrymple pressed Miller and other FEMA officials to support a comprehensive flood control project. Other FEMA officials participating in the flood tours and meetings included William Carwile, associate administrator for Response and Recovery, and Deanne Criswell, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer.
Miller said FEMA needs to identify programs that can be utilized to support the Minot-area’s need for a broader-scope floodway project.
“It’s was important for them to see the extent of flooding for themselves so that they can understand the scope of what needs to be done to provide effective flood protection,” Dalrymple said. “This tour clearly showed that the 100-year flood plain no longer reflects the realities of flooding in Minot and the surrounding area.”
More than 11,000 people were evacuated from their Minot-area homes during spring flooding along the Mouse River. About 4,000 homes were damaged in the flood, many of which are located outside the 100-year floodplain and remain at risk to future flooding.
Dalrymple and the FEMA officials took an aerial tour along the Missouri River where flood waters damaged homes and public property in the Bismarck-Mandan area. They also toured the Devils Lake Basin where the lake has risen 32 feet since 1993 and reached a record elevation this past summer of 1,454.4 feet above mean sea level.
Following the Devils Lake tour, Dalrymple, the FEMA representatives and Devils Lake-area officials held a meeting at nearby Camp Grafton to discuss the state’s long-term strategy to remove water from Devils Lake and road access to rural homes.
Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple