Governor Jack Dalrymple said North Dakota's flood recovery efforts should benefit from a $400 million disaster assistance package approved by Congress late today.
The federal legislation targets states in need of assistance to address severe 2011 natural disasters, making North Dakota a strong candidate to receive some of the $400 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, Dalrymple said.
"The state is fully engaged in flood recovery work in Minot and in other communities, but this year's unprecedented floods also require significant federal assistance," Dalrymple said. "The damages realized along the Mouse River, the Missouri River and in other areas of our state clearly show a great need for disaster recovery assistance.
Dalrymple commended the state's congressional delegation for their work in getting the disaster assistance approved.
"Community Development Block Grant funding should play a key role in advancing a comprehensive floodway project in Minot and in helping other North Dakotans who lost their homes to flooding this year, "Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple and the state's Congressional Delegation continue to press for flood recovery assistance through other federal resources including the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Additionally, Dalrymple recommended and the Legislature has approved a $60-million state program aimed at helping North Dakota residents who have been forced from their homes because of flooding and now want to rebuild or buy new property. At Dalrymple's recommendation, the Legislature also provided the State Water Commission with an additional $50 million in spending authority. The funding will be used to supplement federal funding and to meet state and local cost-share requirements on statewide flood mitigation projects.