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Published May 06, 2011, 07:06 PM

Dalrymple Makes Flood Disaster Request

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he's asked President Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for 39 counties and three Indian reservations in North Dakota because of spring flooding.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he's asked President Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for 39 counties and three Indian reservations in North Dakota because of spring flooding.

The governor said in a statement Friday that a preliminary review by federal, state and local officials estimates damages of more than $43 million to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.

A disaster declaration would provide federal money to pay up to 75 percent of eligible damages and repairs.

Dalrymple said the spring flooding was compounded by consecutive years of excessive precipitation; high amounts of water in the snowpack; sloughs, ponds and wetlands that were already full, and the prospect of rain this spring and summer.

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