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Associated Press, Published June 21 2011

North Dakota flood damage estimate: $90M plus

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The commander of North Dakota's National Guard estimates it will cost $90 million or more to repair damage to public works from the state's spring and summer flooding.

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk spoke Tuesday to the Legislature's interim Budget Section committee.

The panel includes members of the budget-writing committees in the North Dakota House and Senate.

Sprynczynatyk says the federal government will pick up three-quarters of the bill. If the damage estimate goes over $100 million, the federal government will pay 90 percent of the disaster expenses.

Sprynczynatyk says final damage numbers won't be known for a while because of a looming flood disaster in Minot, and ongoing flooding along the Missouri River.

The flooding has damaged public facilities in Bismarck and Mandan as well as private property.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.