Mar 30, 2013 at 9:41 am
BISMARCK,N.D.. (AP) Governor Jack Dalrymple has issued a disaster declaration in preparation for potential spring flooding throughout North Dakota.
The declaration covers counties and tribal nations that have a 50 percent chance of exceeding the definition of moderate flood stage.
Flood outlooks released by the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the likelihood of flooding along the Souris, Sheyenne, James, Pembina and Devils Lake basins.
The declaration activates the state's emergency operations plan, which requires that state officials, agencies and the North Dakota National Guard prepare for flood response.
Dalrymple says the declaration is an important step in getting state money to fight floods. He earlier promised residents that the state would provide the necessary resources.
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