- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DRAYTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s two U.S. senators are trying to help communities in northeastern North Dakota and the Devils Lake Basin prepare for possible major flooding this spring.

Republican Sen. John Hoeven led a tour and meeting in Drayton on Thursday with federal, state and local officials. Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp also joined the group.

Hoeven brought together the group, which included representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. With a recent flood outlook showing the possibility of major flooding this spring, he says the tour was aimed at ensuring communities in northeastern North Dakota “are as prepared as possible.”

Both Hoeven and Heitkamp noted that the upcoming 20th anniversary of the devastating 1997 flood shows the need for comprehensive flood control in North Dakota.

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