FEMA damage assessment team takes river trip

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck and Burleigh County officials are hoping that a Missouri River tour over the weekend will help prompt the Federal Emergency Management Agency to change its mind on individual flood aid.

FEMA will help with flood costs related to public infrastructure under a presidential disaster declaration but recently rejected the state's application for assistance for private homeowners and businesses.

County Sheriff Pat Heinert (HY'-nurt) tells North Dakota Public Radio that a FEMA damage assessment team was on the river over the weekend looking at flooded areas. He says he thinks the federal officials witnessed a lot more damage than they expected, and local officials hope it will help change minds in Washington, D.C.

People hurt by flooding are being urged to call the state's flood damage reporting hotline at 1-877-212-0316.