$24 Million Approved in State and Federal Disaster Aid for Areas Impacted by June's Flooding

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$24 Million Approved in State and Federal Disaster Aid for Areas Impacted by June's Flooding

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- More than $24 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Minnesota communities affected by the June 2012 severe storms and flooding with more funds expected in the coming weeks.

The disaster funds are provided by the State of Minnesota’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a 25%-75% cost share basis.

Fifteen counties and three tribal communities were declared eligible for disaster assistance as a result of the June 14-21 severe storms and flooding.

More than 300 applicants have submitted more than 500 projects for reimbursement totaling more than $24,383,720.

More than 100 HSEM and FEMA personnel are working with applicants out of the Duluth Joint Field Office.

Of the $24 million already approved, more than $1,754,254 has been designated in Hazard Mitigation improvement projects designed to reduce the impact of future disaster damage.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns