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Associated Press , Published November 08 2013

Disaster aid for ND spring flooding surpasses $18M

BISMARCK — Federal and state assistance for repairs to public infrastructure following flooding in North Dakota earlier this year has topped $18 million.

President Barack Obama on May 29 issued a disaster declaration for snowmelt flooding. On July 12 he declared a disaster for flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the state. The declarations paved the way for aid for emergency work, debris removal and repairs to public infrastructure including roads, bridges and schools.

The federal government pays 75 percent of recovery costs. The rest is the responsibility of state and local governments. To date, the federal government has provided $16.4 million and the state $2.2 million.

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