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Published June 30, 2011, 09:21 AM

FEMA Official Praises ND Flood Work

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's second-in-command says it is surprising that no one has died in the flooding in North Dakota's Souris River Valley.

By: Associated Press,

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency's second-in-command says it is surprising that no one has died in the flooding in North Dakota's Souris River Valley.

Richard Serino toured flooded areas Wednesday and said "seeing the devastation without loss of life is amazing," He says it's a testament to the work of local officials.

Much of Minot remains swamped but officials have already started planning for the recovery. Serino says it will be a months-long process.

Many residents of Minot and nearby Burlington will have to wait longer to return to their homes. But the Grand Forks Herald reports that officials in the downstream towns of Velva and Sawyer say evacuated residents are being allowed back in.

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