Those state and federal preliminary damage assessment teams are in this
area to get an initial view of this spring's flood.
That's according to FEMA Spokesman Brian Hvinden. Hvinden says
the teams are scheduled to be in Pembina County Tuesday and Walsh County
Hvinden says the obvious focus will be on infrastructure damage, to roads,
bridges, culverts. That's what the teams have been seeing so far elsewhere.
Hvinden says the teams are seeing a lot of overland flooding. There are gravel
road washouts, culvert washouts, and a lot of emergency protective measures
cities and counties took to prevent extensive flood damage.
Hvinden tells KXPO a lot of the flooding happened on smaller streams that
weren't big enough to handle the fast snowmelt. So, some areas have flooded that
haven't flooded before.
The preliminary damage assessment information will be submitted to the
State of North Dakota. Governor Jack Dalrymple will decide whether to formally
request federal help.