Dalrymple Opens Flood Assistance Center in Devils Lake
BISMARCK, ND – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that the state will open a response and recovery center in Devils Lake on Friday, May 6. The center will assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in assessing the extent of flood damages to rural residences and other property. The center also will provide information and assist people as they cope with the challenges of lake flooding.
From the center, a variety of services will be coordinated for residents in the Devils Lake Basin. Dalrymple has appointed Brigadier General (retired) Terry Robinson as the state response and recovery officer. Robinson, who served as North Dakota’s flood recovery officer in 2009, will work from the Devils Lake center, assisting Basin residents who are affected by rising flood waters.
“It is important for residents in the Devils Lake Basin to have a single location where they can go to receive the assistance they need to address the impacts from the rising lake levels,” Dalrymple said. “The response and recovery center will bring federal, state and volunteer resources together to provide important services and to ensure the safety and well-being of those affected.”
The response and recovery center will be located in the gymnasium at Lake Region State College, 1801 College Drive North in Devils Lake. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Residents may also call 1-877-212-0316 for assistance.
In addition to FEMA, multiple state agencies will offer services coordinated from the center including the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, North Dakota Department of Human Services, Indian Affairs Commission, North Dakota Insurance Department, as well as volunteer organizations.
The state has taken other measures to assist residents in the Devils Lake Basin:
- Dalrymple has again asked FEMA to include Ramsey, Benson, Eddy, Nelson and Towner counties and the Spirit Lake Nation as part of a presidential emergency declaration. This action will enable state and federal response resources to be staged and used in the Devils Lake Basin as waters continue to rise. Dalrymple on February 25 requested a full Presidential Emergency Declaration for two reservations and 17 counties, including Ramsey, Benson, Nelson and Towner and the Spirit Lake Nation. Currently, FEMA has approved a limited emergency declaration for nine other counties that also are experiencing major spring flooding.
- The state and FEMA have sent a support team to the Devils Lake Basin where they will begin providing technical support to local governments in anticipation of a presidential disaster declaration.
- Dalrymple requested and the 62nd Legislative Assembly has approved state funding to help the city of Minnewaukan relocate.
- Dalrymple requested and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to build a levee to protect the Minnewaukan school from rising flood waters. The Corps is expected to begin building the school’s levee system as early as Saturday, May 7.