Governor Dayton Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration

Minnesota has provided $10 million in state funding already for the nine summer storms

Governor Mark Dayton has requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding on September 21 and 22, 2016.

Governor Dayton, in a letter to President Obama, described the widespread damage in southern Minnesota, and highlighted that the State is already providing more than $10 million in state-funded disaster relief in response to nine major storms this summer.

If granted, the disaster declaration would provide assistance to public entities like townships, cities, counties, schools and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure. Eligible expenses include debris removal, emergency protective services, and the repair or replacement of storm-damaged public infrastructure.

The state could also be eligible for federal aid available to individuals and households seriously impacted by flooding.

Officials conducted preliminary damage assessments from October 11 to October 14, 2016, and estimated $8.3 million in eligible public infrastructure damage and $10.1 million in individual and household needs.

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