FEMA to expedite flood damage assessments

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation says federal officials will expedite damage assessments as they consider whether to approve individual flood aid.

Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg say the commitment by Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate means FEMA will not wait for floodwaters to recede before beginning the process of documenting damages. Such measures as aerial assessments will be utilized.

FEMA will help with flood costs related to public infrastructure under a presidential disaster declaration for North Dakota flooding but has rejected the state's application for assistance for private homeowners and businesses. State officials are pressing FEMA to reconsider.

All three congressional delegation members have given speeches on the Senate and House floors pressing for more federal aid.