BISMARCK, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that $29,535,270 in federal disaster aid has been made available to the Minot Public School District to replace two flood-damaged schools. The funds are being added to resources already provided to the schools in connection with the federal disaster declaration made by President Obama to assist North Dakota in dealing with 2011 floods.
A total of $24,525,245 is set aside for Erik Ramstad Middle School, while $5,010,025 is for replacement of Lincoln Elementary School. Both were heavily damaged by the summer’s Souris (Mouse) River flooding. Lincoln Elementary School is operating out of the First Presbyterian Church. Erik Ramstad Middle School is currently operating out of the Minot Municipal Auditorium with additional temporary classrooms on site that are also being funded by FEMA.
FEMA had previously provided $8,466,993 to the school district for activities ranging from emergency protective measures to building repairs to temporary classrooms. The total the agency has made available to the district since the floods is more than $38 million.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for disaster cleanup or emergency actions taken to protect lives or property. The federal share of recovery costs is 90 percent. The remaining share is the responsibility of the state and local government or non-profit organizations.
North Dakota is a self-managing state for Public Assistance, with FEMA retaining quality control/quality assurance reviews and final funding authority. FEMA also provides technical assistance where needed, such as in complex repairs to bridges and public buildings.