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. Due to the large impact of this disaster, the federal share of recovery costs was increased from 75 to 90 percent. The remaining share is the responsibility of the state and local or tribal government or non-profit organization.
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.
For the 2011 Floods, a total of 44 counties and four tribal reservations were able to apply for assistance from the Public Assistance program. An overview of assistance is as follows:
- 277 jurisdictions were designated as eligible applicants for assistance – this encompasses cities, counties, state agencies, tribal governments and non-profit agencies.
- Through Dec. 20, a total of 2358 projects have been obligated with a federal cost share of $149 million.
- Breakdown of key assistance categories:
- Debris Removal - $14.4 million
- Emergency Protective Measures - $36.2 million
- Road and Bridges - $54.7 million
- Public Buildings - $35.1 million
- Public Utilities - $6.6 million
- Projects continue to be submitted to FEMA and the state for review. It is anticipated that when all work is complete, there will be around 4000 projects with a federal cost share of approximately $300 million.
- FEMA and the state met with Devils Lake area counties in November to help establish strategic road plans to serve those communities. There are numerous projects under review to address inundated roads in the Lake Region.