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Associated Press, Published May 29 2013

Obama approves ND disaster declaration

BISMARCK — President Obama has approved Gov. Jack Dalrymple's request for a federal disaster declaration to help 16 North Dakota counties and the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation recover from flooding.

Obama approved the disaster declaration on Wednesday. The declaration makes federal funding available to help communities cover the costs for flood mitigation and flood recovery efforts.

The declaration covers the counties of Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cavalier, Eddy, Foster, McHenry and Pembina. It also covers Ramsey, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Towner, Trail, Walsh and Wells counties as well as the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

Dalrymple submitted the request last week after teams conducted preliminary flood damage assessments in the Red River of the North Basin, the Devils Lake Basin and the Mouse River Basin.

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