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October 8, 2009

Meeting answers questions, leaves others

Representatives of south side residents met with members of the Beulah City Council and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services to discuss what steps were being taken to reduce future flood damage and assist individual homeowners in case of a future flood.

Raymond Morrell, a hazard mitigation specialist with the DES explained the various programs available to the city and individuals following a presidential declared disaster such as the one Beulah suffered last spring. Morrell told the council and half a dozen south side representatives that these programs for individual assistance are not intended "to make people 100 percent whole" but to work with other aid such as flood insurance to help speed an area’s recovery. Individual assistance grants and loans were made in Beulah but the application deadline expired in August.

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