Minnesota to appeal denial of federal flood help

Gov. Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton is appealing the denial of federal help for individuals hurt by storms and flooding in September.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down a request from Minnesota for Individual Assistance grants in Freeborn, Blue Earth, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties.  While FEMA will be helping repair damage to public infrastructure in those counties from severe weather on September 21 and 22, a preliminary assessment found there was not enough damage done to households and private property to qualify for federal assistance.

Additional damage assessments will take place November 8-10 and anyone in the seven mentioned counties who suffered storm or flood damage and hasn’t reported it, is asked to contact their local emergency manager.

Additional damage reports could be added to the Governor’s appeal to FEMA.

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