Governor Jack Dalrymple announced today that President Obama has agreed to make the Individual Assistance Program available to flood-impacted homeowners and business owners in Benson County. Additionally, Sioux County and the Standing Rock Reservation have been added to the federal disaster declaration.
"This is good news because residents in Benson County who have suffered personal losses due to flooding can now apply for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency," Dalrymple said. "We still have homeowners and business owners in other areas of the state that need this federal flood recovery assistance and we will continue to work with FEMA to get other counties approved for Individual Assistance."
The President has previously agreed to provide federal flood aid to homeowners and business owners under the Individual Assistance Program in the counties of Barnes, Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Ramsey, Renville, Richland and Ward and for the Spirit Lake Nation.
Also on Thursday, FEMA added Sioux County and the Standing Rock Reservation to the state's Disaster Declaration. The designation makes federal assistance available in Sioux County and at Standing Rock to help cover the costs of flood damages to public infrastructure.
Since May 23, Dalrymple has requested that FEMA provide Individual Assistance for North Dakota homeowners and business owners who suffer losses due to major flooding. His request to FEMA continues to include offering Individual Assistance in the counties of: Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Logan, McLean, Nelson, Pembina, Stutsman, Towner, Traill and Walsh and for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
FEMA's Individual Assistance Program provides assistance to private property owners who suffer losses due to a disaster. Individual Assistance will not cover all flood damages, but is designed to relieve the impact of losses for people with low and moderate incomes. The program can help cover costs for temporary housing, repairs to their homes, and funding toward replacement of a home that has been totally destroyed. It also includes "Other Needs Assistance," which may cover medical, transportation, moving and storage, and other expenses associated with personal loss due to flooding. People who have lost their jobs or unable to reach their place of work may also be eligible for assistance.