Dalrymple Announces an Additional $4.5 Million in State Flood Recovery Grants
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that the state has awarded more than $4.5 million in flood recovery grants. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) will provide about $4.4 million to Ward County and the cities of Minot and Burlington. Benson County will receive a flood-recovery grant of nearly $70,000.
“These funds are part of the state’s commitment to help Minot, Ward County and other areas of our state recover from major flood events,” Dalrymple said. “We will continue to work with local leaders and residents in on-going flood recovery efforts and to provide long-term flood protection.”
Grant funds provided to Ward County and the cities of Minot and Burlington will be used to help cover the costs of demolishing unsafe housing lost to 2011 flooding. The residential lots will then be made available for the development of low-income and moderate-income housing projects. Benson County officials will use its grant funds to help families of low income and moderate income relocate homes; for home repairs and to replace damaged septic systems.
Last year, the Legislature authorized the Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant program and appropriated $10 million to help North Dakota homeowners cover the costs of repairing and relocating flood-damaged homes. The funds may also be used for home demolition projects.