Property owners in Polk County asked to complete damage assessment survey for damage sustained from flooding

Property owners in Polk County who sustained flood damage to their private property from April 22 to present are being asked to complete a damage assessment survey by no later than Friday, July 15

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Ben, left, and Matt Genereux, right, throw sandbags with their cousin Josh Knaack, center, at Trinity Lutheran Church near the flooding Red Lake River in Crookston, MN, Sunday, April 24, 2022.
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EAST GRAND FORKS — Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials are requesting property owners in Polk County who sustained flood damage to their private property from April 22 to present complete a damage assessment survey by no later than Friday, July 15.

Damages must be to primary homes (non-agricultural) and must be in an essential living space. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's definition of an essential living space is as follows: “a room within a home that serves the function of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and/or living room that is regularly occupied or used by one or more members of the household and requires repair to bring its functionality back to the home.”

Property owners are also requested to list any damages to privately owned driveways, roads, bridges, wells and septic tanks.

The worst of the flooding damages during this time occurred in the cities of Crookston, Fisher and East Grand Forks; however, flooding also affected many other areas throughout Polk County.

According to a news release, it has not yet been determined if federal assistance will be made available to private property owners, though people are asked to complete the survey should assistance be made available.


For more information on obtaining and submitting a private property damage assessment form, go to or call 218-470-8263.

Going forward, Grand Forks should reconsider and agree to pony up its share of the consulting and scoping fees. Even better, Polk and Grand Forks counties also should join in the sharing of costs, further reducing the impact to each of those entities – all of which will benefit from a new bridge over the Red River.

Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 719-235-8640 or

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