Delegation Announces More Than $5.6 Million to Offset Cost of Flood Prevention Clean Up in Bismarck-Mandan

Washington – Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $5.6 million in federal resources to help Bismarck-Mandan clean up temporary levees and sandbags that protected neighborhoods from record flooding along the Missouri river this year. 

“Preparing for the flood waters was really only half the battle in Bismarck-Mandan this year. The tools we used to fight it were temporary and need to be removed so that residents can return to their lives,” the delegation said in a joint statement. “These resources from FEMA will go a long way toward offsetting the clean-up cost to the community and helping return everyone to a greater sense of normalcy.” 

Flooding along the Missouri River in Bismarck and Mandan this year forced city leaders and area residents to construct emergency levees, including sandbag levees to prevent flooding of public and private property.  The delegation said federal grants totaling $5,673,037 were awarded to the community for the removal and disposal of all sandbags and emergency levees to approved disposal sites. 

To date, more than half a billion dollars in federal support has been delivered to North Dakota communities affected by record flooding this year, and the state will receive a total of more than $1 billion. 

These FEMA grants were made available by the Department of Homeland Security through funds appropriated by Congress.