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Associated Press, Published January 19 2012

ND to get $80M in CDBG flood grants

BISMARCK — North Dakota's congressional delegation says Minot and other communities in the state impacted by last year's flooding will receive $80 million in Community Development Block Grant disaster funding.

Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Rep. Rick Berg say that North Dakota's chunk represents about 20 percent of the total funding available for disaster-affected states.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan outlined the state's allotment during a conference call with the delegation on Thursday.

Minot and Ward County will receive almost $77 million of the North Dakota allotment, with $67.5 million going directly to Minot and nearly $9.5 million of the balance going to the Ward County area.

The new funds combined with FEMA grants are expected to provide over $150 million for housing and permanent flood protection.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.