Traill County Courthouse in winter

The Traill County Courthouse in winter.

The Traill County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a snow emergency disaster declaration, nearly three weeks after  a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the region.

The declaration will allow Traill County authorities and the county’s highway department to tap into an emergency reserve fund if snow-related cleanup costs continue to mount.

Sheriff Steve Hunt said he’s heard rumblings that Gov. Doug Burgum could sign a statewide emergency declaration in connection with the storm system that shut down Interstates 29 and 94 across the state and left more than 17 inches of snow in Grand Forks in mid-December.

However, Hunt said he doubted that a federal disaster declaration could be forthcoming in connection with the storm that brought traffic to a standstill in the state for three to four days.

“It’s inherently difficult to get a federal disaster declaration for snow. It takes a lot to make that happen,” Hunt said.

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