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Minot, Ward County getting $77 million in federal flood relief funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government has agreed to $77 million in new flood relief funds for North Dakota, the state's congressional delegation announced Thursday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government has agreed to $77 million in new flood relief funds for North Dakota, the state's congressional delegation announced Thursday.

This represents about 20 percent of the total disaster-relief funding nationwide.

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan told the delegation that Minot would get $67.5 million and the rest of Ward County would get $9.5 million.

The funds come out of HUD's Community Development Block Grant program. Combined with previously announced Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, the state will have received more than $150 million for housing and flood protection.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., added the CDBG funds as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Then he, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. and Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., worked with their respective parties to win approval.

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