Statewide emergency call for North Dakota due to flooding and winter storm damage

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BISMARCK, ND (KVRR) – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has declared a statewide emergency for flooding and widespread damage to utility infrastructure caused by this weekend’s severe winter storm. -end.

It left thousands of people without power.

The governor also declared a disaster for areas affected by record snowfall during the historic April 12-14 blizzard based on local costs incurred for snow removal.

Burgum plans to seek presidential disaster declarations for both events to unlock federal aid to help pay for snow removal and infrastructure repairs, including thousands of downed utility poles that need to be replaced in counties across the country. west after last weekend’s storm brought a combination of freezing rain and high winds. .

His statement is below:

“From flooding in the east, to power outages affecting thousands of residents in the west, to record April snowfall that depleted snow removal budgets and hit ranchers hard during calving season, April has been an extremely difficult month for all North Dakotans,” Burgum said. “We appreciate that the federal government is heeding these requests for assistance to help communities recover from these storms and build resilience to future severe weather events. We are especially grateful for the whole-of-government response from our state agencies as well as the incredible efforts of local emergency managers, first responders, road crews, healthcare workers and others to protect life and property. of all citizens of North Dakota. .”=

Burgum plans to travel to Crosby, North Dakota on Tuesday to assess infrastructure damage.

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