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February 11, 2015

FEMA denies assistance

By Chris Erickson

The city of Beulah will have to take a different route to secure funding after storms last August left the city facing some damage.
After declaring an emergency and having that declaration moved forward by Mercer County and then, Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s office, the city had been waiting to hear for months on whether or not federal assistance would be made available for work to repair damage done by what city officials referred to as “August flash flooding.”
Mayor Darrell Bjerke said that it was time to reassess the whole situation as the city was hoping for federal aid to help with the cost of work done to a manhole and lift station near the Beulah Civic Center and a major washout that happened to the bicycle path adjacent to Highway 49.
“Some of the work by the civic center was $70,000 and it had to be done otherwise we couldn’t have provided waste water disposal,” he said. “This is going to be a big expense. We’ve got to find a way to address it.”
The mayor added that although no formal discussion had been held he would likely be meeting with the councilors holding the city streets and water/wastewater portfolios, as well as the city coordinator, to decide best on how to move forward.


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