The U.S. government will help the flooded city of Minot "for the duration," the Cabinet secretary responsible for federal disaster assistance said Wednesday, but also cautioned that North Dakota residents should better prepare for future disasters.
The cost of flooding across North Dakota this year is expected to reach $1 billion, the state’s adjutant general said Tuesday. The amount includes more than $400 million in government services and damage, Maj. Gen David Sprynczynatyk told state legislators at a meeting in the Capitol.
Bismarck-Mandan, Minot, and just about everywhere else in North Dakota has been dealing with flooding Hopping from one flood emergency to another is all in a day’s work for Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk. He’s seen flooding in every corner of the state, often on several fronts at once.
The commander of about 650 North Dakota National Guard soldiers leading a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo says weekend elections brought no major problems, just minor skirmishes at polling places that local police handled.
About 50 of about 450 damaged structures are deemed at, or close to, 100 percent damaged, and 71 had significant damage, Mayor Dennis Johnson said, of new estimates released Saturday. He added about 360 had as much as 30 percent damage. Officials, who first thought power would be restored by Friday night, anticipated having all power restored Saturday to south Dickinson, Johnson said.
Friday night 'good night' in Fargo as signs of typical life reappear, Walaker says The battle against Red River floodwaters is far from over, and flood fight leaders urged residents to take time this weekend to reassess their levees and take inventory of unused sandbags. Fargo leaders also plan to host neighborhood meetings next week near earthen dikes to address specifics in the city’s protective measures as the region prepares for a second crest.
Brushing off a bleak new forecast that gives the Red River a 90 percent chance of returning within inches of its recently set record height, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker stuck to his own lower projections Friday and urged residents to use this weekend to relax instead of react.
Governor will meet with city officials to discuss the flood fight Gov. John Hoeven and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk of the North Dakota National Guard will be in Grand Forks today to discuss the city’s flood fight this spring.
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