Stark County residents encouraged to report storm damages from July 3

Stark County Emergency Management is requesting that residents report any damages incurred from the July 3 storm.

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The underpass at South Third Avenue West became flooded in a matter of minutes and was impassible to traffic during heavy rainfalls on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
Contributed / DJ Miller
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STARK COUNTY, N.D. — With substantial flooding caused from the July 3 storm, Stark County Emergency Management is currently asking residents to report any damages sustained from the weather event in order to determine if the county qualifies for state emergency funding.

The Stark County Department of Emergency Services addressed the request in an announcement Thursday, saying that they will allow Stark County residents to submit their damage reports through Friday, July 15. Assistant Emergency Manager/911 Coordinator Nikita Lorenzen noted that the Stark County Department of Emergency Services has received a large number of voicemails and emails from residents throughout the county about the July 3 storm. Lorenzen will spend the next week, sifting through those submissions.

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Heavy rains flooded low-lying areas of Villard Street.
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“What I’m seeing so far is obviously damage to basements. The extent of the damage? Not 100% sure yet; I haven’t gone through some of the emails. I’m sure they’ll give me more information, but a lot of basement damage. A lot of flooding in that area,” Lorenzen said.

Though it depends on the level of damage, Lorenzen said that basement flooding can accumulate to a couple of thousand dollars.

“Our recommendation first and foremost is to contact your insurance company and see if there are any qualifying damages that your insurance would cover. And then, report that information to us (with) your address and the extent of the damages. That’s what the state is asking for. Doesn’t need to be a name… You can give us as much as you want, but really what we need is addresses and the extent of the damage,” Lorenzen added.


In the announcement that was sent out and shared via the Stark County Department of Emergency Services Facebook page, Lorenzen noted that there is no guarantee that the state will provide any funding for those damages.

“So currently, there is no federal funding for this event. It wasn’t a large enough event to be able to have that federal funding. But… we do want people to submit those damages. We want to know how many homes were impacted in the area and the extent of the damages to see if there is any individual assistance programs (and) any state funding,” Lorenzen said, adding, “We are currently working with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services — so state emergency management.”

Debbie Waugh, a Dickinson resident, noted that she ended up with 3 inches of water in her basement when the July 3 storm swept across the city.

“We believe it came in through a window and flooded the basement. I did rip up all of the carpeting out of the bedroom and the padding and tore it all the way down to the concrete. The other part of my basement has hardwood floors, still not sure what I’m doing with that because I’m not sure if it’s going to mold underneath the hardwood flooring from the moisture,” Waugh said. “I’ve had dehumidifiers and fans running all week in my basement. And unfortunately I found out the hard way that is not a covered cost on homeowners insurance.”

Waugh, who’s lived in her house for 17 years, said this was the first time she’s ever dealt with water in her basement.

“I am a single mom operating a private daycare in my home, and this was definitely an expense that I did not need at this point,” she added.

By July 15, Lorenzen will compile a list of all the county residents who have sent in their description of damages and will then do an overall assessment to see if there is any potential funding to apply for with this event.

“We also want to know when there is damages occurring from a weather event because it helps us plan for future events. How can we reduce the severity of the damages for future events? So it helps with our county planning,” she said. “If we don’t hear about it, we don’t know.”


Lorenzen said that it could take some time before the county department is able to determine if any state funding qualifies for this weather event. Once that information is revealed, the Stark County Department of Emergency Services will notify the public via its Facebook page and email distribution list.

The underpass is completely flooded from the heavy rain after midnight on Monday, July 4, 2022.
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“We will be doing more public education as well. So hopefully that will elp people prepare better for future events. The big thing too is I just want to stress that it’s not a guarantee. Hopefully we do find some funding. We’re working with Red Cross and Salvation Army to see if there’s anything that they can help us with as well,” she said. “But it’s not a guarantee.”

To submit a damage report, email Lorenzen at or call 701-456-7609.

“There’s a little bit of something for everyone. You come with your family, your kids can find something, the moms can find something, the dads can find something,” Jessica Quandt, owner of JQ Clothing, said.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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