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Associated Press, Published February 23 2013

ND governor asks feds for flood disaster relief help

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for more disaster recovery assistance for Minot and Ward County.

In a news release, Dalrymple said he met with HUD officials Friday and “impressed upon them the severity” of 2011's flooding. He said the “flood's magnitude” hasn't yet been fully realized by the federal government.

Dalrymple plans to visit with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on Sunday to talk more about assistance needs.

Congress has approved $50.5 billion in supplemental disaster relief funding to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters. The appropriation includes $16 billion in disaster recovery for events in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Flooding in 2011 forced about one-fourth of Minot's population to evacuate and damaged or destroyed about 4,000 homes.