Burgum Declares State Of Emergency In North Dakota Over Flooding
Carol McCarthy | Oct 22, 2019 AT 7:51 am
GRAND FORKS, ND-- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is declaring a state of emergency over ongoing flooding. Burgum signed an executive order yesterday seeking federal aid to help with the state's recovery efforts. The move came as the governor and other state officials met with residents who have been hit the hardest by flooding. In Grand Forks Monday, the Governor told an audience that everyone needs to understand how unprecedented fall flooding is versus spring flooding. He says the economic risk trickles down from the farmers unable to harvest crops to the produce processing plants and beyond. He says it's very different from a spring flood.
Greg Gust of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks says many parts of the Red River Valley have seen five times the normal precipitation in the last 45 days.
So far, eight counties have issued flood emergency declarations, including Grand Forks, Barnes, Cavalier, and Walsh counties.