Governor Burgum declares statewide flood emergency

Governor Doug Burgum this morning signed an executive order declaring a statewide flood emergency, paving the way for requests for federal assistance to help North Dakotans deal with significant flooding impacts caused by heavy fall rains and a historic October blizzard.

The statewide disaster declaration comes as Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and other state officials planned to attend meetings today with local officials, community members and agricultural producers in Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Fessenden to hear firsthand about the potentially devastating impacts of the unusually wet weather and to share information about the state’s response, including gathering information for possible requests for a USDA secretarial disaster designation and a presidential disaster declaration.

Eight counties and four cities in North Dakota have issued flood emergency declarations so far, with more expected. Emergencies have been declared in the counties of Barnes, Cavalier, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh and Wells and the cities of Grand Forks, Jamestown, LaMoure and Valley City.