BISMARCK, N.D. -- Near the seven-month anniversary of the May 10 presidential declaration for North Dakota, state and federal officials report that more than $446 million in state and federal funds has been approved for North Dakotans in connection with spring and summer flooding.
The original declaration was for Public Assistance, which includes emergency services, debris removal and repairs to roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure. To date, more than $103 million has been obligated for 2,029 infrastructure projects. Of that amount, $45.8 million is for roads and bridges and $34.9 million is for emergency protective measures.
On June 24, aid for individuals, families and businesses, or Individual Assistance, was added to the declaration, opening the door to an array of programs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that more than $94.8 million has been approved for repairs to homes, rental assistance and other needs.
In addition, FEMA has housed 1,902 families while they work on their permanent housing plans. On Dec. 8, FEMA was providing temporary housing units for 1,015 families at private sites, mainly at their damaged homes; for 555 at group sites; and for 241 at commercial sites in existing mobile home parks. In addition, 91 families have been able to return home after living in FEMA housing units.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $244.5 million for 2,368 low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), funded by FEMA and administered by Job Service North Dakota, has disbursed more than $2.2 million to residents who have been unemployed because of the flood disaster.
Additionally, more than $3.3 million has been allocated for a state-managed crisis counseling program to help individuals and communities cope with after-effects of the disaster.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.