Burgum declares disaster for November Blizzard

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum is declaring a statewide disaster in connection with the early November blizzard.

The storm dumped as much as two feet of snow and shut down schools, businesses, and highways in North Dakota.

Burgum issued the executive order Friday, which is needed to seek a federal disaster declaration. A federal disaster declaration opens the door to federal aid.

The Governor also sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking an extension to submit a request for a federal declaration as costs and invoices from the storm are still being collected.

During the three-day storm, the National Weather Service in Bismarck reported 17.1 inches of snow on November 10th, breaking the previous record for the date of 9.1 inches set in 2012. Heavy, deep snow made some roads impassable, and ice accumulations broke tree branches, snapped power poles and downed power lines, leaving thousands of people without power.

Costs from the storm are still being calculated.