Flood Damage in Cavalier County, N.D., Nearly $3M

November 9, 2009

Officials in North Dakota’s Cavalier County estimate nearly $3 million worth of damage in their county from last spring’s flooding.

Cavalier County Highway Supervisor Terry Johnston says the damage is spread countywide. He said most of it involves washed out culverts and roads.

Johnston said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is processing the paperwork. He said flood recovery work is expected to continue next year.

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven announced that the state will be getting a greater share of federal money for repairing public works that were damaged during last spring’s storms and flooding.

Hoeven asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week to boost the federal share of eligible cleanup and repair costs from 75 percent to 90 percent.

The White House said in a statement that President Barack Obama has authorized the increase.

Hoeven says the cost of temporary levees, cleanup and repairs from last spring’s flooding has exceeded $78 million. The figure surpasses the threshold needed to qualify for federal help for 90 percent of the cost.

Hoeven says North Dakota’s state government will pay 7 percent of the cleanup and repair costs, and local governments will pick up the remaining 3 percent. The governor says the final damage total is still being tallied.

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