Federal funds for Fargo following flooding prep

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The federal government will give Fargo about $1.7 million to defray the city's out-of-pocket expenses as it prepared for this year's anticipated spring flooding.

Forum Communications reports the funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The federal money is to help the area cover a share of the cost for North Dakota's emergency response and relief from flooding this past springKVLY reports, including paying back the city for part of the expenses related to creating more than a million new sandbags, transporting volunteers, traffic control and other costs incurred before, during and after the high water.

Near-record levels were predicted for the Red River, but the flooding did not materialize at disastrous levels.

In May, North Dakota's congressional delegation wrote to President Barack Obama to press for approval of the state's request for an emergency declaration.

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