Governor Burgum declares Winter Storm Disaster from January Event

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

(Bismarck, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum is declaring a statewide winter storm disaster related to a severe fog and ice buildup in January.

The declaration applies to Burke, Divide, McLean, Nelson, Renville, Sheridan, and Walsh counties. The counties of Grand Forks, McHenry, Mountrail, and Ward were also impacted by the weather event, but didn't have enough damage to meet the disaster declaration thresholds.

“This series of freezing fog caused widespread impacts across the state, coating the landscape with a thick layer of ice,” Burgum stated in the letter proclaiming the declaration to President Joe Biden and FEMA. “The northern regions of the state experienced the greatest impacts with the northwest region experiencing the longest duration of power outages. Electrical cooperatives worked tirelessly to get power restored to all citizens in a timely and cost-effective manner with life safety at the forefront.”

Counties affected by the dense fog and ice faced downed power lines, which led to power outages.

You can view the full letter by clicking here.