BISMARCK, N.D. – More than $349.3 million in federal and state disaster assistance has now been obligated to North Dakotans for this year’s spring flooding. The Burleigh Morton Disaster Recovery Center in Mandan permanently closed this week (Sept. 30), but the DRC in Minot remains open.
By the close of business on Sept. 29 some 10,178 individuals had registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. More than $93 million has been approved for a total of 8,932 grants for temporary housing and essential home repairs. Another $2 million has been approved for the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program which includes serious disaster-related needs such as personal property losses, and medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. So far, more than 600 Temporary Housing Units have been occupied on private sites by residents repairing their homes.
Individuals and businesses in Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Ramsey, Renville, Richland and Ward counties, and the Spirit Lake Nation may apply for disaster assistance. State and federal officials encourage those affected by the disaster to register for assistance immediately by calling: 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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $227 million to date in low-interest disaster loans to residents and businesses. SBA disaster representatives are available at the Disaster Recovery Center and Business Recovery Center in Minot to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner complete an application.
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 website at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call TTY 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply for SBA loans online at SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The deadline for applying for FEMA assistance and SBA loans is Nov. 21.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), funded by FEMA and administered by Job Service North Dakota, has provided more than $1.3 million to residents who are unemployed because of the flood disaster. Additionally, $817,611 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.
FEMA's Public Assistance program provides funding reimbursement for eligible costs incurred for emergency response or damage to public infrastructure. Public Assistance has been approved for 44 counties and four reservations in North Dakota. Obligated funding as of Sept. 29 totaled $25.2 million for 369 approved projects.
As of Sept. 29 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had collected a final total of 61,633.5 tons of debris in Minot and Ward County. In addition, the corps is removing temporary levees constructed during the flood fight in the spring. In Minot and Burlington, the Corps continues to prepare several group housing locations and install utility access for placement of FEMA’s manufactured homes.