Minnesota seeks federal aid after June storms

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is asking for federal aid after a round of severe storms cut through the state last month, tearing down trees and cutting power to more than 600,000 homes.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports (http://bit.ly/1b68Y4m ) that state disaster recovery experts estimate cleanup costs from the June 20 and June 21 storms could exceed the $7.26 million minimum to be considered for federal funding. Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Kris Eide says the damage to public infrastructure could cost as much as $12 million.

Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will arrive in Minnesota next week to begin assessing damage in more than a dozen counties.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

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