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Obama Signs Emergency Declaration For ND Flooding

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama has approved an emergency declaration for flooding in North Dakota.

The move announced Friday afternoon authorizes federal agencies to coordinate all disaster relief effort and makes money available to help with the flood fight. Emergency protective measures will be provided with 75 percent federal funding.

The declaration specifically mentions the counties of Cass, Grand Forks, Pembina, Richland, Traill and Walsh.

Residents in Fargo and Cass County are preparing for a flood that could be one of the top five of all-time. It’s expected to flood many of the 600 roads and 300 bridges in the county.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple made the request earlier this week for the emergency declaration. The state’s congressional delegation made an appeal in a letter sent to Obama earlier Friday.

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