McKenzie County Commission approves emergency declaration


On Tuesday the Mckenzie County Commission took its first step toward addressing the flood destruction in the county.

The commission unanimously approved an emergency declaration to be sent to the ND Department of Emergency Services and the Governor’s Office.

The declaration will make the county eligible to receive state money for public assistance.

“This destruction is a lot worse than the tornado(Watford) by far,”said  Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County emergency manager.

Jappe said the flood waters have caused unbelievable destruction to the county’s infrastructure, with 13 roads currently closed and some still under four feet of water.

The emergency manager said residents probably won’t receive individual assistance.

Jappe said the situation would have to become a national emergency, so they could qualify for federal aid.

“It would have to get to a much higher level. . . Destruction, disaster to qualify for a Presidential Declaration”.

Jappe said she is working with the North Dakota Community Foundation and Lutheran Social Services to raise money for families that have been impacted by the flood.

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