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Published April 23, 2013, 08:19 PM

Dalrymple seeks emergency declaration for flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple requested an emergency declaration from President Obama on Tuesday due to the strong potential for spring flooding in North Dakota.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple requested an emergency declaration from President Obama on Tuesday due to the strong potential for spring flooding in North Dakota.

In a letter sent to Obama on Tuesday, Dalrymple said current conditions show there is significant potential for severe flooding that could exceed local response capabilities.

"This request for an emergency declaration is an important step in providing the resources needed to protect people and property from major flood events," he said.

The governor's request for a presidential emergency declaration currently includes Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Grand Forks, McHenry, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Towner, Traill and Walsh counties, as well as the Spirit Lake Reservation.

If approved, the presidential declaration would make available federal resources and financial assistance to help local and tribal jurisdictions recover costs associated with severe flooding. North Dakota would be eligible for federal funding to cover 75 percent of all eligible costs for flood protection measures incurred by communities and counties.

Last month Dalrymple issued a state emergency declaration for counties and tribal nations that face a 50 percent chance of reaching or exceeding moderate flood stage

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