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Published May 06, 2011, 08:35 PM

FEMA Finishes ND Flood Damage Assessment

FEMA wrapped up their preliminary damage assessments in North Dakota this week. Now, the state will be looking over information to determine eligibility for a disaster declaration.

FEMA wrapped up their preliminary damage assessments in North Dakota this week. Now, the state will be looking over information to determine eligibility for a disaster declaration.

FEMA took a look at Grand Forks county earlier this week, working their way through 40 counties and three reservations.

State and federal teams met with local officials to look at flood damage around North Dakota. The state needs to reach $1 million in damage to be able to get assistance.

"That's the ultimate goal, to give the state the information to determine if there's enough damage that they can request a disaster declaration and if so, then FEMA can step in and help financially," FEMA spokesperson Jann Tracey said.

Teams also review flood-related expenses related to cleanup and any emergency-related costs. The city of Grand Forks has received assistance the past two years.

If the state gets the disaster declaration signed, FEMA helps pay up to 75 percent of eligible damage. The state should know over the next week if they reach the amount of damage needed to get assistance. Local officials say it's good to know there is that help.

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