Preliminary Flood Damage Assessments Begin This Week

By KBJR News 1

Cloquet, MN

June 25, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Federal damage assessors will be making their rounds this week in 13 Minnesota counties to determine whether or not areas impacted by the recent floods will receive federal aid.

Four teams composed of federal officials from FEMA, state officials from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and local officials will tour the following affected areas:

Tuesday: Cook County, Crow Wing County, Dakota County and Sibley County
Wednesday: Lake County, Aitkin County, Goodhue County, Meeker County, Kandiyohi County
Thursday: St. Louis County, Carlton County, Rice County and Pine County
Friday: Fond du Lac Tribal Nation

The preliminary damage assessment is the first step in determining if Governor Mark Dayton will make a request for a presidential declaration of disaster.

The preliminary damage assessments conducted this week will focus on Public Assistance which is federal money to repair damage to public buildings, certain roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure as well as reimburse for debris removal and emergency response costs.

Home and business owners in all affected counties should report damage to their county emergency managers so officials can begin to determine the extent of damage to private property. Visit the Minnesota Recovers page for more information.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns