BISMARCK, N.D. – More than $50 million of federal and state disaster assistance in grants and low-interest loans has been approved for North Dakotans who suffered losses during the spring flooding.
The aid has gone to residents in Barnes, Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Ramsey, Renville, Richland, and Ward counties and Spirit Lake Nation, which were declared eligible for assistance to individuals, families and businesses for this year’s flood damage.
More than 8,500 individuals have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance, and 1,765 inspections of disaster-damaged homes have been completed.
Since the June 24 disaster declaration, 6,139 grants for $48,102,673 have been approved for temporary housing and essential home repairs. The Other Needs Assistance program has approved $494,489 for serious disaster-related expenses such as medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $5,701,100 in low-interest disaster loans to individuals and businesses of all sizes.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance, funded by FEMA and administered by Job Service North Dakota, has provided $46,217 to residents who are unemployed because of the flood disaster.
Additionally, $730,894 in federal funds has been obligated for a state-managed crisis counseling program to help individuals and communities cope with after-effects of the disaster.
The disaster declaration has also made free legal assistance available to individuals who are unable to secure legal services, through the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. People can call the Disaster Legal Services Hotline at 1-800-634-5263 for help from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or apply online at www.legalassist.org. Callers and online applicants should identify that they are seeking flood-related legal assistance.
Since the disaster declaration, there have been 6,694 visits to disaster recovery centers where individuals can talk with FEMA recovery specialists to update application information, ask questions, and learn rebuilding techniques. Others agencies at the centers may include state agencies and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. SBA representatives are at the centers to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program and help with disaster loan applications.
Recovery centers locations:
- Berthold: Berthold High School, 401 4th Ave. NE, Closes July 23
- Bismarck: Bank of North Dakota, 1200 Memorial Highway
- Minot (North): MSU Student Center, 500 University Ave. W.
- Minot (South): Minot Auditorium, 420 3rd Ave. SW
- Sherwood: Sherwood Fire Hall, 108 Main Street
While recovery centers are set up for residents who want to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance. People can register for assistance or get help from FEMA by calling the FEMA helpline, 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. People can also apply at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or at m.fema.gov on web-enabled smartphone.
Additional information about SBA loans is available through SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing email@example.com, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Hearing-impaired individuals may call TTY (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply for SBA loans online at SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.