Spring Flooding Outlook Meeting and Tour of Drayton Levee

February 23 2017 02:00 aaa

Senator Hoeven will lead a meeting with federal, state and local officials to help communities in northeastern North Dakota and the Devils Lake Basin prepare for potential spring flooding. The National Weather Service’s (NWS) recent flood outlook showed a significant threat of flooding in this region, with record water levels possible for Devils Lake. Hoeven arranged the meeting and will be joined by Senator Heidi Heitkamp to help connect local leaders with officials from the Corps and FEMA and ensure communities are as prepared as possible for flooding this spring.

Following the flood outlook meeting, Hoeven will review Drayton’s earthen levee, which is built on land acquired through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Under current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy, construction is barred on these lands. Hoeven successfully pressed FEMA to grant a six-month extension of its deadline for the city to remove the flood control structure.

WHEN:                     Thursday, February 23

                                          Flood Outlook Meeting –     2:00 p.m. CT

                                          Tour of Drayton Levee –      3:00 p.m. CT

WHERE:                   Drayton Community Center

                                    115 Almeron Avenue