Burgum thanks Trump administration for granting major disaster declaration for spring flooding in ND
Gov. Doug Burgum thanked the White House July 10 after President Donald Trump announced he had granted the governor’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for widespread spring flooding estimated to have caused roughly $40 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure in North Dakota.
Burgum asked the President on May 22 to declare a major disaster. With July's declaration, the President ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding from April 1 to April 25, including 18 counties: Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Foster, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Sheridan, Steele, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh.
“We’re deeply grateful to President Trump for recognizing the hardship caused by significant flood damage to roads, bridges and culverts in North Dakota counties that were already heavily burdened by recovery costs from significant spring and fall flooding in 2019,” Burgum said. “This presidential disaster declaration will assist our local governments and agencies in recovering from extensive infrastructure damage, while also making resources available to help communities reduce the long-term risk of future flooding. We thank FEMA and the administration for their swift response to our request, as well as Senators Hoeven and Cramer and Representative Armstrong for advocating for this much-needed relief for North Dakotans.”
MItigation Matters: North dakota's drought conditions improve with precipitation events
Burgum announces formation of Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force as active cases climb
Gov. Doug Burgum announced the formation of a task force July 28 to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Burleigh and Morton counties including the Bismarck-Mandan metro area, which have seen sharp increases in COVID-19 cases recently.
Combined, the two counties accounted for 62 of the 157 new COVID-19 cases reported today by the North Dakota Department of Health. The two counties have a 14-day rolling average positive test rate of 4.12%, compared with 2.77% statewide. With 371 cases, the Burleigh-Morton area accounts for more than one-third of North Dakota’s 1,084 active cases.
Similar to the Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force established in early May, the goal of the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force is to work to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, dedicating state and county resources to assist in three primary areas: prevention measures and testing, contact tracing and support for isolation and quarantine.
“We’ve got a great game plan to follow, one that worked in our collaboration between Cass and Clay counties,” Burgum said. “With this combination of testing strategies, we also need education around prevention. We’re aiming to drive Burleigh-Morton’s positive rate below the statewide rate, and we want to do that as quickly as possible.”
An aerial view of a COVID-19 mobile testing site shows members of the Bismarck community entering the N.D. State Capitol grounds this June. Testing events are scheduled across the state and times and dates for future events are available at www.health.nd.gov/testnd and will be updated regularly. (N.D. National Guard photo)