Bismarck, N.D. -With its latest round of Public Assistance grants, FEMA has provided more than $32.5 million to North Dakota on behalf of state, local and tribal governments and private nonprofit organizations for disaster response and recovery costs. In addition, the state has provided $11 million to local communities as its portion of project cost shares.
This funding is for repairs to thousands of damage sites around the state, as well as emergency protective measures undertaken to protect lives and property. The projects that have been funded range from small road repairs to large-scale temporary levees constructed as part of the flood fight. FEMA and the state are providing 97 percent of the funding for projects, with the local applicant responsible for the remaining three percent.
Major federal funding approvals to date include:
- $15 million to the North Dakota National Guard and local communities with sandbagging and other flood-fighting operations.
- $12.3 million to applicants statewide for repairs to damaged roads and bridges.
- $2.9 million to applicants for removal of debris caused by the storms and flooding.
Applicants must be a state, local or tribal government or a private nonprofit organization that provides government-like services, and be legally responsible for the site. Reimbursement is a multiple-step process that requires the applicant to document material, labor, and equipment costs, contracts and invoices related to the work and photographic evidence or other proof of the disaster damage.
Projects may be for emergency measures, such as sandbagging and traffic control; or permanent work, such as a road or bridge repair. FEMA authorizes work under two emergency categories (debris removal and emergency protective measures), and five for permanent work: roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks and recreation. The program provides funds to restore damaged infrastructure to its pre-disaster condition.
The Public Assistance program cannot fund projects that are under the jurisdiction of other federal agencies, such as roads and bridges that are a part of the federal highway system, or facilities located on federal lands, such as wildlife refuges, national parks or military installations.
For more information on North Dakota disaster recovery operations, visit /midwestfloods.