Burgum asks for federal aid to deal with the damage of the spring storm

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BISMARCK, ND (AP) — Governor Doug Burgum is asking for federal assistance to deal with $57 million in damage to public infrastructure caused by severe spring storms and flooding in North Dakota.

Burgum requested a presidential disaster declaration that would provide federal aid to help repair roads, bridges and railroads. The request affects 40 of the state’s 53 counties.

“I determined that the severe winter storm conditions and subsequent flooding were of such severity and magnitude that effective response and recovery is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments involved,” said Burgum in his letter to President Joe Biden.

Historic spring snowstorms in western North Dakota and extensive flooding in the east broke rainfall records and knocked out power to more than 10,000 residents, according to the Bismarck Tribune. reported.

Burgum in April declared a statewide emergency and a statewide disaster, which is a necessary step to request a presidential declaration.

A three-day blizzard in mid-April dropped 2 feet (60.9 centimeters) to 3 feet (91.4 centimeters) of snow across a wide area. An Easter Sunday storm added several more inches, along with heavy rain in many other areas.

A month-end blizzard dumped more snow in the west and also brought freezing rain and high winds to the region, toppling 7,000 utility poles and damaging at least 550 miles of power lines and other infrastructure .

April’s snowy and cold weather set more than two dozen records in the state, including nearly 10 in Bismarck, which had its snowiest April on record.

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