Hoeven Calls on Napolitano for Additional Flood Assistance

BISMARCK, N.D. – In a conference call this morning with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senator John Hoeven, Senator Conrad and other state officials called for additional federal assistance to mitigate current and impending flood impacts on Missouri River communities.

           Hoeven stressed the unique nature of the flooding. Because it is likely to last up to two months, communities need a continuous and coordinated effort to combat rising waters. 

          “Everyone is building defenses, and those defenses have to be sustained,” Hoeven told Napolitano. “The importance of FEMA’s assistance to deal with this is vital, because not doing so will cause even greater damage. Your assistance to do it right is critical.”