Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that the President has approved his request for the federal government to reimburse 90 percent of the eligible costs incurred as a result of major flooding in areas throughout the state. The federal reimbursement rate will now be increased from 75 percent to 90 percent as a result of statewide damage assessments exceeding a threshold of $107 million.
Dalrymple initially requested the increased aid during a July 14 meeting in Minot with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The Governor followed up on the request with a July 28 letter to President Obama. The federal disaster funding will be used to recover costs for public emergency measures, debris and levee removal, and repair of publicly owned infrastructure damaged by this year's historic flooding.
"This increased funding will take more of the financial burden off of our cities, counties, townships and state and help ensure that our flood recovery work continues to move forward expeditiously," Dalrymple said. "Recovering from the magnitude of flood damage experienced across our state requires a full partnership between all levels of government and this increased federal aid is an important part of North Dakota's recovery efforts."
With the 90 percent federal share, the state will be responsible for 7 percent of the disaster expenses and local governments will pay 3 percent.