St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says that FEMA's decision to deny individual assistance to homeowners and businesses in the Northland is deeply disappointing.
But in hopes of reversing that decision, Governor Dayton has sent a letter to FEMA to appeal their denial of federal aid to those impacted the most by June's devastating floods.
In his letter to FEMA, Governor Dayton points out that FEMA assessors found significant flood damage to over 1,700 homes in the Northland. Dayton says that that number "is a tremendous amount of damage, concentrated in a single region of the state".
Governor Dayton also says that most homes in Minnesota place their heating and cooling systems in the basement, and that flooded basements can damage those systems. Dayton says that with Minnesota's freeze/thaw cycles from fall to winter to spring, homeowners will not be able to live in their houses when temperatures start to dip down into the 40s.
Governor Dayton also made it clear that most residents of the Northland do not carry flood insurance since we live outside a designated flood plain and that flooding of this level has not occurred in the Northland within living memory.
On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, and Representative Chip Cravaack urged President Obama to reconsider the recent decision denying individual assistance.
In a letter to the President, the members offered their support for Governor Dayton's appeal of the decision and the need to reexamine the level of need in the affected communnities.
"As congressional representatives of communities devastated by recent flooding, we write strong supports of Governor Dayton's appeal to reverse the decision denying residents and businesses of Northeastern Minnesota much-needed individual assistance. We have all visited the affected areas and seen the damage to private property, and are deeply concerned that the Administration determined that the severe damage to homes was not significant enough to warrant this support," the members said in the letter. "While we are continually impressed with the community response and the resilience of our constituents, we believe that federal assistance is necessary beyond the public assistance that has already been granted."
Back on July 25th, one month after torrential rains washed away roads and homes across Northeastern Minnesota, FEMA sent their letter to Governor Dayton denying federal aid to individuals impacted by the floods.
Federal individual assistance has been requested for Aitkin, Carlton, Crow Wing, Lake, Pine and St. Louis Counties and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns