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North Dakota receives federal disaster declaration
By Sarah Rosier
Bismark, North Dakota: On May 29, 2013, President Barack Obama approved North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple's request for a federal disaster declaration. The request came after severe flooding occurred between April 22 and May 16, affecting 16 North Dakota counties.
The congressional delegation from North Dakota publicly urged President Obama to approve the request. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp along with Representative Kevin Cramer acknowledged the need for federal help in these counties.
The declaration allows for federal funding to be available to these affected areas. Additionally, the White House press release on the Disaster Declaration stated, "FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments."