North Dakota is requesting a presidential major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early October snow storm. Governor Doug Burgum says this new disaster declaration request is focused on infrastructure. “Some of the places that sustained damage this fall still have high water around them. We probably won’t know the full extent of the damages until spring, but we wanted to get the declaration request sent.” This new request would make assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Burgum says infrastructure will also need to be addressed in the next state legislative session. “There’s going to be much larger costs left behind from this than what will be taken care of by federal programs alone,” says Burgum. “We want to take a whole government approach, meaning every agency that has something to bring is engaged. We are turning over every stone we can to bring relief to areas that were hit.” The North Dakota Congressional delegation also submitted a letter to President Trump on Friday, urging Trump to approve the declaration as soon as possible.
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