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Associated Press, Published May 21 2013

Federal disaster declaration requested for ND

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is requesting a federal disaster declaration to help 16 counties and the Spirit lake Reservation recover from spring flooding.

Dalrymple sent a letter to President Obama asking for the declaration. If approved, the presidential disaster declaration would make federal funding available to Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cavalier, Eddy, Foster and McHenry counties. It would also make it available to Pembina, Ramsey, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Towner, Trail, Walsh and Wells counties as well as the Spirit Lake Reservation.

The request follows a preliminary damage assessment. Federal, state and local teams estimate it will cost about $5 million to repair flood damage in the Red River of the North Basin, the Devils Lake Basin and the Souris River Basin.

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