Emergency spending approved to fight ND floods

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota panel has approved up to $17.5 million in emergency spending to pay statewide flood-fighting expenses.

The Emergency Commission's vote Monday allows the North Dakota National Guard to borrow money from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.

The money is likely to be repaid later with money from a disaster aid fund the Legislature created this year.

Guard commander David Sprynczynatyk (SPRIN'-suh-NAH'-tik) says he's not sure how much has been spent on the flood fight so far.

The request still has to be approved by another legislative committee called the Budget Section. It meets June 21. The National Guard can borrow the money in the meantime.

North Dakota Senate majority leader Bob Stenehjem of Bismarck says the Legislature may need a special session later to review flood-fighting expenses.