Bismarck, N.D. –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now obligated the first $843,000 in funds for preparations made to combat flooding in North Dakota. The funds will be awarded for levee construction, sandbagging and other flood fighting measures undertaken in the city of Fargo.
The $843,000 is 75 percent of the total cost for the measures; the state will fund 10 percent and the local government is responsible for the remaining 15 percent.
“North Dakota has done an outstanding job of preparing for this event,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Justo “Tito” Hernandez, “This flood fight has demonstrated the teamwork at the local, state and federal levels.”
Federal funding for emergency protective measures is available in the following counties: Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Mercer, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Stutsman, Traill, and Walsh, and the Spirit Lake Reservation. Required emergency measures include flood fighting preparations as well as other efforts and resources that save lives and protect property and public health and safety.