Lawmakers quickly approve disaster relief

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KIMT NEWS 3 — Local lawmakers are now back home after working an extra day to get disaster relief.

It took four hours for leaders to decide to approve $4.5 million dollars in aid Monday.

18 counties around the state were damaged by severe storms in June, leaving an estimated $18 million in damage, including some our area.

The Senate unanimously passed the disaster relief bill while there was one no vote in the House.

This covers the state’s 25 percent share of the damage costs with FEMA picking up the rest.

“Houston County, that was one of the hardest hit, the hardest hit county and then you’ve got Fillmore County and between the two of them, they had a major portion of the disaster and Freeborn County add on to that. So really in the three counties along the southern border here, we had a lot vested in this,” said State Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin.

Faribault, Freeborn and Fillmore counties are just some of the areas that will be receiving the help.

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