More counties added to disaster list

Five North Dakota counties have been added to the state’s presidential disaster declaration in response to spring and summer flooding and storms, according to a news release from Gov. John Hoeven.

The additional counties are Bottineau, Kidder, McHenry, Renville and Ward.

The original declaration, approved April 30, declared a federal disaster for 22 North Dakota counties and one Indian reservation in response to spring flooding across the state. The declaration provides federal resources and financial assistance to help local and tribal jurisdictions recover costs associated with severe flooding and ground saturation.

Counties already included in the declaration are Barnes, Benson, Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Mercer, Morton, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh, Wells and the portions of the Spirit Lake Reservation within these counties.