Flood update: FEMA approves some individual assistance; see today’s Minot flood photos

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved individual assistance for Burleigh and Ward counties, the North Dakota Governor’s Office announced late Friday.

Here is the news release:

“It’s good that they acknowledged the dire need for this assistance in Burleigh and Ward counties, but I am disappointed that FEMA has failed to recognize the major flood damages realized in many other communities throughout the state,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement. “I will continue to press FEMA’s top administrators to include all 22 counties and two reservations in the Individual Assistance Program.”

In Burleigh and Ward counties, the Individual Assistance Program will initiate the opening of Disaster Recovery Centers. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and FEMA plan to soon open two recovery centers in Minot, with one in the north part of town and another in south Minot.  A third center will be opened in Bismarck.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program will not cover all flood damages, but is designed to relieve the impact of losses for people with low and moderate incomes.  The program can provide people who are eligible with assistance to help cover costs for temporary housing, repairs to their homes, and funding toward replacement of a home that has been totally destroyed. It also includes “Other Needs Assistance,” which may cover medical, transportation, moving and storage, and other expenses associated with personal loss due to flooding.  People who have lost their jobs or unable to reach their place of work may also be eligible for assistance.

Dalrymple requested approval for the Individual Assistance Program for 22 counties and two Indian reservations where flooding has caused major damages to homes and businesses. The counties and Indian reservations included in the state’s request for Individual Assistance are: Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McLean, Morton, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Ward and Walsh Counties as well as the Spirit Lake Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

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Today from Minot, outside City Hall and the public library:

3 thoughts on “Flood update: FEMA approves some individual assistance; see today’s Minot flood photos

  1. I am very pleased that the people of two of ND counties will get individual help foom Fema. However, I am VERY sad that the other counties have not been approved for individual assisstance. My parents have been dealing with flooding problems for months now. All of their out buildings on their farm are now under water. Their has been affected as well. I would hope that individual assistance would be expanded to include all of the counties affected. It is SO very sad to see your parents farm standing in flood water. Everything they have worked for dissapearing before our eyes. Sad!!

  2. I am very pleased that the people of two of ND counties will get individual help foom Fema. However, I am VERY sad that the other counties have not been approved for individual assisstance. My parents have been dealing with flooding problems for months now. All of their out buildings on their farm are now under water. Their has been affected as well. I would hope that individual assistance would be expanded to include all of the counties affected. It is SO very sad to see your parents farm standing in flood water. Everything they have worked for dissapearing before our eyes. Sad!!

  3. there are now unscrupulous individuals selling “death trailors”in n.d. these are fema trailors that are cancer causing units from the new orleans floods. these trailors are so poisenous that the govt stopped their use and thma stored thousands of these never or rarely used trailors. Guess what, private criminals are now selling these cancerous units all over williston,minot etc. fema needs to make announcements to the n.d. public @ these dealers need to be stopped&arrested . these trailors are not to be used by humans yet some how thema has allowed the trailors to be be in the hands of these out of state “dealers of death . thema needs to crackdown on this oboma blunder! since thema has caused this and apparently is doing nothing about please be aware these trailors are whte no pinstriping or other markings and they look brand new(because at that time the govt. did not release these units to flood victims because of the dangerous toxicity of these trailors and of course they were never allowed to be used some how private dealers purchased thes after katrina and are now selling themto n.d. flood victims and the unsuspectig workers who drastically need housing but don’t deserve to die. COME ON THEMA /FBI/EPA PUT A STOP TO THIS !!!!!!!!! THESE TRAILORS ARE NOW POURING INTO ND EACH DAY THAT PASSES.

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