FEMA: ‘No Disaster Declaration For North Dakota’
North Dakota will not be getting the presidential disaster declaration it requested in August.
KXMB News reports that FEMA has turned down the request, apparently because drought conditions have improved somewhat since the request was filed August 8.
At that time, over ninety percent of the state was under drought conditions. periods of subsequent rainfall have allayed the harsh conditions.
Governor Burgum thanked FEMA for its consideration, saying it was a "long shot" from the beginning.
The Governor's statement reads:
"We appreciate FEMA's consideration of our request. Given the history of similar requests and the enormous demands place on federal resources by the hurricanes and wildfires that have occurred since we submitted our request, we knew it was a long shot....we remain deeply grateful for the emergency assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and how swiftly Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue responded to our requests for help. We also thank our firefighters who responded to hundreds of wildfires this summer, protecting the health and safety of our citizens."
Currently, about sixty percent of the state is under drought conditions.