BISMARCK, N.D. – As of July 28 more than $103 million of federal and state disaster individual 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 8,834 individuals have registered, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance as of July 28, and 2,816 inspections of disaster-damaged homes have been completed. The deadline to apply is Aug. 23.
Since the June 24 disaster declaration, 6,508 grants for more than $77 million have been approved for temporary housing and essential home repairs. The Other Needs Assistance program has approved more than $1.1 million 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 some $27.7 million to-date in low-interest disaster loans to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Additional information about SBA loans is available through SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), funded by FEMA and administered by Job Service North Dakota, has provided more than $87,900 to residents who are unemployed because of the flood disaster. Individuals can file DUA benefit claims with Job Service North Dakota:
- Online at www.jobsnd.com
- By mail or fax (forms are located under the DUA link on jobsnd.com)
- By phone at 701-328-1152, from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday TTY customers can contact Job Service by calling 800-366-6888.
Unlike regular unemployment assistance, DUA can help not only regular employees, but also those not eligible for regular unemployment assistance – including ranchers, farmers, farm workers, other agricultural workers, and the self-employed – if their unemployment was caused by the spring flooding.
The DUA registration deadline has been extended by 30 days. The new deadlines are:
- Burleigh and Ward counties – Aug. 26
- McHenry, Morton, and Renville counties – Aug. 31
- Spirit Lake Nation and Barnes, Ramsey, and Richland counties – Sept. 14
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.
Free legal assistance is available to individuals through the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This help is provided to those who are unable to secure legal services. Call the Disaster Legal Services Hotline at 1-800-634-5263 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or apply online at www.legalassist.org. Callers and online applicants should identify that they are seeking flood-related legal assistance.
As of July 28, the Army Corps of Engineers has collected more than 8,000 tons of debris in Ward County.