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State Officials Tour Flooded Areas

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Governor Jack Dalrymple has declared an emergency because of flooding caused by weekend rains in North Dakota.

The declaration means state resources will help local agencies deal with damages from the high water.

Today, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and Major General Dave Sprynczynatyk, head of the state Department of Emergency Services led a delegation of state officials to county seats in Bottineau, Renville, and Divide Counties.

In Bottineau, they heard from local officials who've been busy since the weekend dealing with flash flooding and water damage.

From cutting county roads to relieve high water around buildings to assessing damage to bridges and roads, it's been a busy time for emergency managers and highway crews.

Sprynczynatyk told the groups to be meticulous about tracking expenses related to damage from the rain storms.

(Maj.Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, ND Department of Emergency Services) "As we make our visits today, be sure everyone understands what they need to do, and we hope by the middle of next week we'll have a total and decide if we're eligible for federal evacuation."

(Lt.Gov. Drew Wrigley, (R) North Dakota) "This isn't by an means the last conversation. We just want to get out, make a visual assessment, and talk to you a little bit; then, stress the important first steps about those assessments being made, getting them in on time. Everything kind of triggers from that."

It takes at least one million dollars in damage to public infrastructure to qualify for a federal disaster declaration.

Lieutenant Governor Wrigley says what he saw from the air while flying in to the Bottineau Airport indicated that threshold should be reached fairly easily.

(Lt.Gov. Drew Wrigley, (R) North Dakota) "From what we see and hear, and are going to hear the rest of this day too, I would be surprised if this doesn't qualify."

If there is at least one million dollars in damage around the state, Major General Sprynczynatyk said a decision from Washington about a disaster declaration would be likely in August.


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