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A major disaster declaration is sought by Governor Burgum after an ice storm after Christmas brought down over 700 power poles



Bismarck, North Dakota – Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota has formally asked for the declaration of a major disaster due to significant damage caused by ice storms.

The ice storm that struck just after Christmas brought down power poles, trees, and severely damaged the state’s electrical infrastructure. Burgum said that the storm caused considerable ice accumulations throughout the state, particularly in South Eastern North Dakota, in a letter to President Joe Biden.

“This was the worst ice storm since 1997 for much of eastern North Dakota, bringing the region to a standstill over the Christmas holiday, causing enormous damage to utility infrastructure and knocking out power to more than 20,000 residents, including some who went without electricity for more than 10 days,” Burgum said. “We appreciate the consideration of this major disaster request and are grateful for the utility crews and linemen from across the region who helped to restore power, as well as for the state and local emergency management teams, road crews, first responders, health care workers and others who worked together to ensure the safety of all North Dakotans during this historic event.”

Federal officials would have to approve the disaster declaration before FEMA could provide public aid to help cover the cost of fixing the damage.