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Published June 13, 2013, 06:20 PM

Lake Region officials learn how to apply for flood relief grants

Lake Region leaders are learning from federal and state officials how to score big when it comes to federal grant money. The FEMA funds will help repair roads and other infrastructure damaged by spring runoff. If all goes smoothly, local cities and counties could start to see federal relief funds in about a month.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Lake Region leaders are learning from federal and state officials how to score big when it comes to federal grant money. The FEMA funds will help repair roads and other infrastructure damaged by spring runoff. If all goes smoothly, local cities and counties could start to see federal relief funds in about a month.

Today's meeting in Devils Lake was designed to teach local officials how to submit a claim for emergency repair funds. 16 North Dakota counties and one tribal nation applied for emergency federal assistance, mainly for damaged roads and culverts. This round of funding will cover damage done during the spring runoff in late April and early May. Randy Reimer with the state Department of Emergency Services says most local officials know the process well, but it's always good to take a refresher course on how to apply for federal aid.

Reimer: "They need to fill out a request for public assistance. Then we're also telling them about what is eligible for damages and how they can retrieve those funding for that."

Cities and counties have to match 15 percent of emergency funding, which will come mostly from FEMA, with the state chipping in as well. FEMA officials say they'll have to go through this process again in a few weeks to determine how much damage was caused by heavy rains after the spring runoff ended.

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