Delegation Announces Close to $2.9 Million in Federal Funding to Repair Longfellow Elementary

Funding Will Help Minot Repair School, Replace Damaged Equipment

Washington – Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the State of North Dakota has been awarded $2,899,504 in federal funding to help repair Minot's Longfellow Elementary School, which was severely damaged in last year's Souris River flood. 

"The faculty, staff and students at Minot's schools have gone through so much this past year,” the delegation said in a joint statement.  “This funding is another step on the road to recovery for the Minot community."  

The funding was awarded today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

As a result of the massive flooding, Longfellow Elementary suffered extensive water damage to its structure, interior, furnishings, and equipment.  Although the flood waters did not reach the school’s second floor, the water did not begin to recede for approximately two weeks, therefore, excessive humidity caused damage due to mold, mildew and warping.  

The award from FEMA provides funding for structural, mechanical, electrical, and fire system repairs as well as repair or replacement of damaged installed equipment.   

Hazard Mitigation funding is included in the FEMA award to raise electrical and mechanical units from the basement to avoid future damages.