Bismark, ND (AHN) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are preparing for a second crest of the Red River in North Dakota later this month.

FEMA has reallocated some resources to deal with the expected flooding that might occur then, while also leaving resources in place to deal with existing flooding. The effort is being coordinated by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) and FEMA, FEMA officials said in a statement.

Here is a list of resources that have been made available to help in the flood-fighting effort:
  • FEMA has obligated $1.7 million in Public Assistance grant funding to reimburse the North Dakota National Guard and the city of Fargo for costs incurred in battling flood waters.
  • FEMA has sent Four Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to Grand Forks to be used if needed.
  • The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other community organizations have provided 328,510 meals.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing and maintaining emergency levees in Fargo and 15 other North Dakota cities and has provided more than 9.2 million sandbags.
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is performing search and rescue and evacuation missions. CBP continues to fly unmanned aerial survey missions with the Predator B and is patrolling levees and flood-threatened neighborhoods on foot and in all-terrain vehicles.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard, which is managing combined search and rescue operations, reports there have been 135 flood rescues in North Dakota by all air and water assets.
  • Eight federal/state Individual Assistance Program damage assessment teams are surveying flood-damaged houses and other structures to determine what further assistance may be required.
  • Eight shelters are caring for 97 household pets.
  • North Dakota has established a 211 hotline to collect offers of help - both donations and unaffiliated volunteers.