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FEMA Disaster Declaration Helps Public Facilities

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The declaration makes federal funding available for state, tribal, and eligible local governments in 19 North Dakota counties, including Ward County and two Indian Reservations.

 

The aid would go towards emergency work as well as repair and replacement of public facilities, infrastructures, and roads damaged from flooding during the period of May 17 to June 16, 2013.

 

"Throughout that rain event we had enough damage in the state of North Dakota that warranted the presidential declaration request; roads, bridges, culverts, but there was some other infrastructure damaged in smaller communities, we had some lift stations and some of those kind of critical infrastructures," says Greg Wilz, Director of Homeland Security, Department of Emergency Services.

 

Wilz says it could take up to 6 weeks for the money to start flowing.

 

"What will occur first is in each one of the counties or jurisdictions there will be an applicant agent briefing where the folks that will manage the disaster locally will come in and they will receive a briefing on the new program and the rules. After that, they will schedule a kick off meeting where FEMA, the state and the local folks will go out and visit each of the sites, do a damage estimate, what we call a project worksheet and then once that worksheet is done it gets put into the system, then after some checks and balances the money starts to show up to pay for the damages," says Wilz.

 

These funds are just for public assistance and not for individuals.

 

FEMA will be conducting site inspections around the state after holding a series briefing meetings for applicants to explain the public assistance program.

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