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Published September 01, 2011, 07:04 PM

FEMA backup affecting local communities

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Right now there are 44 counties and 4 Indian Reservations in North Dakota with presidential disaster declarations because of flooding.

Right now there are 44 counties and 4 Indian Reservations in North Dakota with presidential disaster declarations because of flooding. But much of the money needed to clear debris and pick up the pieces of devastation still isn't there.

Thousands of sandbags still line the red river in Georgetown. In the middle of town, a 25 foot deep pit where there used to be a baseball diamond. But for Georgetown and its Mayor Traci Goble, they need money. Money it was promised from FEMA to remove the levees and re-gravel nine roads. Money which is delayed because with all the natural disasters across the country, FEMA is backed up, under a pile of paperwork.

Mayor Traci Goble – Georgetown, MN: “The city doesn't have that kind of money to come in and do that kind of stuff so we just sit.”

Georgetown still needs $750,000 dollars from FEMA to remove all these levees, but with all the trouble on Capitol Hill there's no telling when or if that will happen.

Goble: “You're looking, I mean today's already September first, and we haven't even put it out for bids yet. It's just not going to happen this year.”

Burleigh County has only received $2 million of the $9 million it was guaranteed from FEMA, and that's only the money needed for clean-up. And as for the millions and millions that was approved and promised for Emergency Protective measures?

Dr. Jessica Jensen – NDSU Department of Emergency Management: “All those projects as of right now that ar enot back at the state with obligated funds are going to be delayed indefinitely.”

So until more money is budgeted for FEMA, the Joplin's and Minot's of the world will be forced to rebuild their cities on their own dime...if they can afford it.

Dr. Jessica Jensen: “This isn't something FEMA does because they chose to, they literally have no money.”

The deadline for a new federal budget is October 1st, when the new fiscal year starts.

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