National Drought Mitigation Center

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North Dakota governor sought presidential disaster declaration
10/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
North Dakota

Start Date: 8/8/2017 - End Date: 10/9/2017
North Dakota was denied a presidential major disaster declaration because it was “not appropriate” for the drought, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long. There are federal programs and other sources for drought relief available to the state. The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.), Oct. 9, 2017 Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota has requested a presidential disaster declaration, stating that his state is “the epicenter of drought for the nation.” The declaration would also make a way for direct federal disaster payments to farmers who may not have much of a crop to harvest or feed for their hungry cattle. Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.), Aug. 8, 2017