Gov. Jack Dalrymple today led state legislative leaders on a tour of flood-damaged neighborhoods in the Minot area so that they could get a firsthand look at the region's needs for federal and state assistance. Joining Dalrymple on the tour were House Majority Leader Al Carlson, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner and Rep. Jeff Delzer, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
"To recover from the degree of flooding experienced in several of our communities takes support and commitment from all levels of government," Dalrymple said. "We continue to work with FEMA for effective, permanent flood protection in the Minot area and at the same time, the state will do its part to help residents who are burdened with significant property damage."
Dalrymple, along with the state's Congressional Delegation, continues to press the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a broad-scope flood protection plan for the Minot area. Dalrymple also supports providing supplemental state funding to help North Dakota homeowners as well as cities and counties recover from this year's major flood events.
The Legislature is expected to consider a state flood relief package during the special session set to begin Nov. 7.
"I wanted them to see what the people in the Minot area are up against," Dalrymple said of today's flood tour with legislative leaders. "It's important that legislators understand the challenges faced by property owners along the Mouse River and in other areas of the state that have been adversely impacted by flooding."
Dalrymple also met with officials from the cities of Minot and Burlington and Ward County to discuss the region's needs for permanent flood protection, flood recovery assistance and temporary housing.