Conrad, Hoeven discuss flood prep with local leaders, federal agencies

Kent Conrad

FARGO – More talk of spring flood preparation efforts was the focus of a teleconference today among North Dakota Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, officials from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders from across North Dakota.

Conrad convened the call in advance of another spring that’s expected to be ripe with flood fights in both the Red River Valley and the Sheyenne River basin.

Conrad, Hoeven and corps officials briefed leaders from nearly 20 communities on preparation efforts and emergency response capabilities.

John Hoeven

The meeting came on the heels of another flood forecast that spelled warning for many communities that could see major flooding. Read more about that news on INFORUM.

“As North Dakota’s mayors prepare to lead their communities in another flood fight, I want to make sure each of them is getting the support and resources needed from the federal government,” Conrad said in a statement this evening.  “Coordination and preparation are key to fending off any possible disaster.”

Hoeven is a freshman senator this year, but he’s no stranger to flood fights, having served 10 years as North Dakota’s governor before ascending to the federal office.

“Once again this year, communities across North Dakota face the possibility of extensive flooding, so we want to do all we can in advance to prepare,” Hoeven said in a statement. “We want to work with (community leaders) to make sure plans are well in place to help protect people and property ahead of any potential flooding.”

According to Conrad’s office, those invited to attend the tele-conference included mayors of Valley City, Fort Ransom, Lisbon, Kindred, Wahpeton, Fargo, Oxbow, Harwood, Grand Forks, Drayton, Pembina, Devils Lake, and Minnewaukan , as well as the chairperson for the Spirit Lake Nation and commissioners from Cass and Ramsey counties.