BC Getting $93K for Flood Recovery

Barnes County has been 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.

Barnes County has been allocated $93,000 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood damaged homes.

Barnes County Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said Franklin had notified her the county received the grant.

Through the coordination of the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota Disaster Response, a Long Term Recover Committee has been assembled to set the scoring criteria and review applications received from Barnes County residents.

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

Shirley Dykshoorn of Luterhan Social Services said she met Friday morning with Barnes County commitee members that will review applications, and a case manager has been assigned to score applications. “It’s for people with flood needs or expenses who are income qualified as a result of problems last year,” Dykshoorn said.

Along with paying for flood repairs not yet done, Dykshoorn said applications from people who already completed repairs who meet income requirements will be considered as long as receipts for work done are included.

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.

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. The deadline is Dec. 7.

Grants are for $93,092 to Barnes County and $61,711 to Richland County. Money is designated to refurbish flood damaged homes and will be administered by Lutheran Social Services disaster response and the long-term recovery committees in each county.