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Grand Forks gets funding for sewer clean-up project

by: Emergency Information Media Affairs

WASHINGTON May 8, 1998 -- More than $2.2 million in federal disaster funds have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the cost of clearing the sewer system in Grand Forks, N.D., of hazardous debris resulting from last year's massive spring floods, Vice President Gore announced today.

"President Clinton and I remain committed to restoring vital public services to the families of Grand Forks, especially those that are critical to the health and safety of the entire community," Vice President Gore said. "The people of North Dakota can be assured that we will continue to work together at all levels of government to bring about a full recovery from last spring's devastating floods."

The funding, totaling $2,276,226, represents the 90 percent federal share of $2,529,140 in approved costs for the clean-up project. The funds were authorized under President Clinton's major disaster declaration issued on April 7, 1997, and made available through FEMA's assistance program for state and local governments.

According to the agency, debris deposited by the floodwaters clogged storm and sanitary sewer lines throughout Grand Forks. The project funding will enable the city to complete the flushing and cleaning of the lines and restore them to normal pre-flood service.

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