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Published February 04, 2011, 04:37 PM

ND Delegation Secures Nearly $6 million for Spirit Lake Emergency Flood Control

The North Dakota congressional delegation announced Friday in a joint statement that the Federal Highway Administration will be releasing $5.9 million in funds to help protect the Spirit Lake Nation from Devils Lake flooding this spring.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

Senator John Hoeven, Senator Kent Conrad and Representative Rick Berg announced Friday in a joint statement that the Federal Highway Administration will be releasing $5.9 million in funds to help protect the Spirit Lake Nation from Devils Lake flooding this spring.

The funds will be used to complete 7.7 miles of emergency flood control measures. According to the statement, Conrad met with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week and was assured that the Spirit Lake Nation would receive the funding to complete its emergency berms.

Hoeven's office worked with Chairperson Myra Pearson's office, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Highway Administration to secure the funding.

The National Weather Service says there is a 50 percent chance that Devils Lake will exceed 1455 feet this spring. The emergency berms the Spirit Lake Nation will use will protect St. Michael and a number of area roads.

“This is another important step in preparing for spring flooding to protect lives and infrastructure in the Devils Lake region,” the delegation said in a statement issued Friday. “Fighting this spring’s flood will require a well-coordinated, concerted effort by local, state, tribal and federal officials, and that work is already underway to meet this challenge.”

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