Governor Burgum requests storm disaster declaration

Photo by: Governor Doug Burgum - Facebook
Photo by: Governor Doug Burgum - Facebook

(Bismarck, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum is requesting a declaration of a major disaster for severe weather in North Dakota this spring.

"Communities and households throughout the eastern portion of the state worked to protect their homes and personal safety from floodwaters while the western portion fought ice and extensive power outages," said Burgum on the request via Social Media. "We appreciate the administration considering our request for assistance to help communities recover from these spring storms and build resiliency against future severe weather events."

Burgum's office says President Biden's administration was contacted on Thursday. The estimated infrastructure damage from the storms in 40 North Dakota counties, which happened in April and May, is currently 57-million dollars.

that number could go up though, as the governor says assessments are still taking place.