Gov. Dayton Requests Disaster Declaration

ST. PAUL, MN — Storms in June have caused damage across much of the area. FEMA and other agencies were out to assess the damage last week across the state of Minnesota and now things are continuing to move forward.

Governor Mark Dayton sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday requesting a major federal disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by flash flooding and severe storms June 20-26.

Three of the 18 counties include Faribault, Fillmore and Freeborn. Preliminary damage assessments show $17.8 million in costs and damages across the state.

If granted by the President, the disaster declaration would provide assistance to townships, cities, counties, schools, and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.

If the President declares a major disaster, FEMA will fund 75 percent of approved costs. Local and state governments are responsible for the remaining 25 percent.

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