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DES to spend $16.6 million on spring flood damage

North Dakota’s Emergency Commission has approved $16.6 million dollars in increased spending authority for the state Department of Emergency Services for flooding that happened between March and April.

Of that, $14.4 million comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Another $2.2 million is from a line of credit at the Bank of North Dakota, to pay 10 percent of the local share of the disaster. Under the formula, FEMA pays 75 percent of the costs, and the local share is 25 percent.

The money is for flood damage in 19 counties in western, south central and eastern North Dakota.

"Primarily, what we're seeing is devastating damages within the county gravel road system," said state director of homeland security Cody Schulz. "Also, some damages to irrigation systems, especially in McKenzie County, due to the ice jams (on the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers)."

The Legislature’s Budget Section will still have to approve it.

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