BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $5 million in grants to help Minnewaukan residents relocate a portion of their community to higher ground.
FEMA approved $3.8 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant funds for the city of Minnewaukan to buy 57 homes that face the threat of flooding from Devils Lake.
The city also will receive about $1 million to relocate 18 homes, and the school district has been awarded $172,401 to relocate three homes that house teachers.
Dalrymple says the grants combined with state and local funding will help protect the community from what has become an annual threat.
The FEMA grants cover 75 percent of the project costs. Dalrymple said the state will pay 17.5 percent of the grant's local match requirements.