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Published May 21, 2013, 02:22 PM

Federal disaster declaration requested for North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration to help 16 counties and the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation recover from spring flooding.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration to help 16 counties and the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation recover from spring flooding.

If approved, the disaster declaration would make federal funding available to Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cavalier, Eddy, Foster and McHenry counties. It also would make the funding available to Pembina, Ramsey, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Towner, Trail, Walsh and Wells counties, as well as the Spirit Lake reservation.

"Several areas of the state have experienced major spring flooding above and beyond the response capabilities of local jurisdictions," Dalrymple said.

The request follows a preliminary damage assessment. Federal, state and local teams estimate it will cost about $5 million to repair flood damage in the Red River of the North Basin, the Devils Lake Basin and the Souris River Basin.

Heavy snowpack, snowmelt and a lack of surface storage and other factors contributed to the spring flooding.

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