BISMARCK, N.D. — As the end of summer approaches, homeowners should ensure that their home-heating systems are in good working order, especially ones damaged by the spring floods.
Federal disaster assistance may cover furnace repairs that are related to severe storms and flooding that occurred from Feb. 14 through July 20. It also may be available for cleaning and testing the flood-damaged furnace, or for replacement if the furnace is destroyed.
If the need for repair or replacement is discovered after a homeowner receives disaster assistance to cover cleaning and testing expenses, the resident may file an appeal for additional disaster funds.
Residents living in the following disaster-declared counties who had flood damage to their furnaces should register for assistance: Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Ramsey, Renville, Richland, and Ward, as well as the Spirit Lake Nation. Call: 800-621-3362 (also applies for VRS and 711-Relay users) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free line is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or with a smart phone at m.fema.gov.