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2009 Red River Spring Flooding (DR-1830)



Severe Storms and Seasonal Flooding

Incident Period

March 16, 2009 to May 22, 2009

Presidential Declaration Date

April 9, 2009 for Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation

FEMA ID Number


Counties Declared

For Public Assistance
Becker, Beltrami, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine. Tribal Governments: White Earth Indian Reservation, Red Lake Indian Reservation
The FEMA Public Assistance program provides grants to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure and facilities.
For Individual Assistance
Beltrami, Clay, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse, and Wilkin.
The FEMA Individual Assistance program provides grants to individuals and households for housing assistance, repairs and for other needs.

For more information regarding local recovery activity and assistance for this incident please contact the specific county or tribal emergency manager.  Click here for county and  tribal Emergency Manager contact information.

Disaster-related Fatalities


Total Cost (eligible)

Total Public Assistance Grants* (as of 1/3/2013)


Total Individual and Households Program Grants:


Total Individual Assistance (IA) Applications Approved:
Total Housing Assistance Dollars Approved**

Total Other Needs Assistance Dollars Approved***

*The FEMA Public Assistance Program is a 75 percent reimbursement program. The State of Minnesota is funding 100 percent of the non-federal share for this disaster declaration. **FEMA Housing Assistance Grants are 100 percent federally funded.  ***Other Needs Assistance is a 75 percent reimbursement program. The State of Minnesota is funding 100 percent of the non-federal share for this disaster declaration.

Current Status

All applicants have received their initial payments

Event Summary

The 2009 Red River flood along the Red River of the North in North Dakota and Minnesota in the United States and Manitoba in Canada brought record flood levels to the Fargo-Moorhead area. The flood was a result of saturated and frozen ground, Spring snowmelt exacerbated by additional rain and snow storms, and virtually flat terrain. Communities along the Red River prepared for more than a week as the U.S. National Weather Service continuously updated the predictions for the city of Fargo, North Dakota with an increasingly higher projected river crest. Originally predicted to reach a level of near 43 feet (13 m) at Fargo by March 29, the river in fact crested at 40.84 feet (12.45 m) at 12:15 a.m. March 28 and started a slow decline.  The river continued to rise to the north as the crest moved downstream.