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Agency Seeks Flood Grant Applicants

November 8, 2012

Shirley Dykshoorn

Shirley Dykshoorn is looking for Barnes County residents to apply for grants to help them recover from 2011 flooding damages, she said Wednesday.

Barnes County was awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant, designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.

Dykshoorn said Wednesday Barnes County has been allocated $93,909.31 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood-damaged homes.

Dykshoorn works with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota Disaster Response, the agency coordinating the grants for Barnes County.

“So far we have not received any applications,” Dykshoorn said.

“We projected that about 20 people would need help, mostly for foundation repair,” Dykshoorn said.

Dykshoorn said the deadline for submitting applications has been set for Dec. 7.

Dykshoorn said her agency has posted information online, sent out announcement, placed posters in the community, and set up a long-term recovery committee. “We know there are people in need. Some applications were delivered, some people have called, and some have downloaded them on line,” but nobody has applied yet, Dykshoorn said.

Through the coordination of Dykshoorn’s agency, a Long Term Recovery Committee was assembled to set the scoring criteria and review applications received from Barnes County residents.

Distribution of funds will be considered for requests for safe, sanitary, secure, and essential living space.

Applicants must have owned their flooded home and plan to reside in their re-built home or relocate within Barnes County.

Families must fall between 110 percent and 300 percent of Annual Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Applications are available at the Barnes County Courthouse in the Auditor’s Office or can be downloaded off the Barnes County Website at: www.co.barnes.nd.us.

For more information, interested people can call 701-271-3288 or 701-271-4105.

“We know (Barnes County) people did suffer some damages,” Dykshoorn said.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services awarded flood recovery grants for a pair of eastern North Dakota counties, totaling more than $154,000.

In 2011 the state legislature set aside $10 million for a program to help homeowners cover the costs of repairing flood-damaged homes.

The funds also can be used for home demolition projects when homeowners remain in their communities.

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