Gov. Jack Dalrymple today said he is pleased that North Dakota will receive nearly $80 million in federal funding to help North Dakota cover the costs of flood damages in Ward County and other areas of the state.
"This is good news for North Dakota and especially for residents in the Minot area and in other communities that continue the long process of rebuilding after last spring's devastating floods," Dalrymple said. "These and other federal funds, combined with the state's major funding commitments, are critical to the state's flood recovery and long-term flood protection needs. I want to thank our congressional delegation, Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Rep. Rick Berg, for their work in getting the funding approved for North Dakota."
North Dakota will receive $79.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to support the state's flood recovery work. Minot will receive $67.5 million of the funding. About $11.8 million is set aside for statewide flood recovery costs, with 80 percent -- or about $9.4 million -- designated for Ward County.
The North Dakota Legislature has made available about $281 million to help cover statewide flood-related costs. During the special legislative session, Dalrymple recommended and the Legislature approved the Rebuilders Loan program which makes $50 million available to North Dakota residents who have been forced from their homes because of flooding and now want to rebuild or buy new property. The Legislature also followed Dalrymple's recommendation to create a $30 million grant program to help counties, cities and other political subdivisions cover the costs of repairing flood damages. Other state funding for flood recovery efforts includes $500,000 for flood-damaged schools; $50 million for flood control projects and $47 million for the state disaster relief fund.