January 29 – BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential major disaster declaration for a severe winter ice storm that caused more than $11.5 million in estimated damage over the Christmas holiday, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.
The request follows a
Burgum published on December 29
declare a statewide emergency
for damage to infrastructure.
Addressed to President Joe Biden through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Burgum requested that a major disaster be declared for the period December 25-27 for 13 counties: Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Grant, LaMoure , Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman and Traill.
Burleigh, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder and Wells counties were also affected by the event, but did not suffer enough damage to exceed the per capita threshold for inclusion in the declaration request, according to the county’s office. governor.
Freezing rain and winds of more than 40 mph combined to destroy more than 2,000 utility poles and force the closure of major highways and other roads due to life-threatening conditions.
“This is the worst ice storm since 1997 for much of eastern North Dakota, crippling the region over the Christmas holiday, causing massive damage to utility infrastructure and knocking out power to more than 20,000 residents, some of whom were without power for more than 10 days,” Burgum said. “We appreciate the consideration of this major disaster request and are grateful to the utility crews and linemen across the region who helped restore power, as well as the state and local disaster management teams. emergency workers, road crews, first responders, healthcare workers and others who worked together to ensure the safety of all North Dakotans during this historic event.
If granted, a presidential declaration would unlock public assistance from FEMA to help pay for the costs of repairing damaged infrastructure.
Additionally, Burgum also requests that…