Hoeven, Cramer, Armstrong Call for Major Disaster Declaration, Assistance for Severe Winter Storm Recovery in ND

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Biden to approve Governor Doug Burgum’s request for a major disaster declaration covering the severe winter ice storm that occurred across North Dakota from December 25 to December 27. The declaration would unlock federal resources to support recovery and disaster mitigation in the affected areas, including Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Grant, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman and Traill counties. The full text of the delegation’s letter can be found here.

“The ice storm destroyed over 2,000 electrical poles, resulting in over 20,000 North Dakota residents being without power for days. Preliminary Damage Assessments indicate more than $11.5 million in expected damages,” wrote the delegation. “North Dakota continues to recover from the late December ice storm and is therefore requesting a major disaster declaration for 13 counties… We support the State’s request and urge you to approve it as soon as possible so the necessary Federal resources can be made available to North Dakotans.”