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Forum News Service, Published June 19 2013

Flood damage assessments set for Pembina, Walsh counties

GRAFTON, N.D. - North Dakota disaster specialists will be in Walsh and Pembina counties over the next two weeks to conduct preliminary damage assessments for spring flooding.

Ron Biberdorf, a project specialist with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, will meet today in Grafton with Walsh County Road Superintendent Sharon Lipsh to begin the process for assessing flood damage that occurred between April 22 and May 16.

Next week, state and Walsh County officials will begin touring the county to document flood damage to public infrastructure, including roads and bridges that might qualify for federal assistance.

NDDES also will meet next week with Pembina County officials, in advance of a public assistance kickoff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Cavalier, according to Dwayne Job, NDDES project specialist.

The meetings in both counties cover the April 22-May 16 period, which is included in a spring flooding presidential disaster declaration.

Meanwhile, officials are beginning to assess damage from the mid- to late May rain and flooding in northeast North Dakota. Flood-related damage between May 17 and May 31 will be submitted to NDDES and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of a possible second presidential disaster declaration.

Pembina County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking said early estimates put Pembina County public infrastructure damage from both events at $4 million to $5 million. A preliminary damage estimate is not available from Walsh County.