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Published February 11, 2011, 03:41 PM

Dalrymple Declares Statewide Flood Emergency

Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued a statewide disaster declaration on Friday in preparation for possible spring flooding around the state.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued a statewide disaster declaration on Friday in preparation for possible spring flooding around the state.

He cited heavy snowpack and flood outlooks that show the potential for flooding in the Devils Lake, Souris River, Red River, James River and Missouri River basins.

Dalrymple said in a statement that the declaration is a step toward having state resources available and ready when needed.

“The forecasts clearly show there is significant potential for flooding that may exceed local response capabilities in areas across the state,” Dalrymple said. “This emergency declaration is an important step in having state resources at the ready to protect people and property from significant spring flood events.”

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