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Published June 16, 2011, 08:44 PM

Dalrymple 'Dismayed' by FEMA's Rejection of Individual Assistance for ND Flood Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied North Dakota's request that the state be included in FEMA's Individual Assistance program.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied North Dakota's request that the state be included in FEMA's Individual Assistance program, Governor Jack Dalrymple said Thursday.

Dalrymple expressed dismay to FEMA director Craig Fugate in a response and has left messages with him, according to a written release.

Fugate's letter to Dalrymple stated that "the damage to the residences from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to warrant the implementation of Individual Assistance."

"I find it hard to believe that FEMA does not see the destructive effects of flooding on citizens in North Dakota," Dalrymple said in the release. "The damage to homes and businesses throughout the state are obvious."

More than 800 homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area had to be evacuated due to the severe flooding recently. Several hundred structures in the Devils Lake region have been damaged by floodwaters and the city of Minot evacuated 10,000 residents to protect them from the flooding Souris River.

Dalrymple ask Fugate and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to reconsider the state's request to be added to the program and also asked the ND State Department of Emergency Services to seek an explanation from FEMA's regional office.

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