Carlton County Preliminary Damage Estimates Climb Upward

By KBJR News 1

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter)---Revised preliminary damage estimates in Carlton County are in, and have climbed significantly upward since the last account.

County leaders say it will cost between $105-135 million to repair the community following the floods.

Officials announced today they are moving forward with a long term recovery plan and winding down on emergency management response efforts.

With a coordinated effort between all entities, from public and private to non-profit and religious organizations, Carlton County officials say it could take up to two years for things to return to normal.

Substantial damages are reported in all but two of the county's 24 townships.

County and Township Public Infrastructure damages total $30 million.

FEMA will be able to cover $27 million of that figure, while $3 million will come from state aid.

Sixty-four homes in the County have been classified by FEMA as destroyed and another 119 sustained damages equal to 50 percent or more of their value.

The storm caused nearly $20 million in private property damage, but this figure is expected to double or even triple.

Damage to businesses in the region totaled more than $2.3 million and that doesn't include big businesses like Sappi and USG or the loss to the tourism industry in places like Jay Cooke State Park.

Assessors still have to assess damage in the outlying county and on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Meanwhile damage to crops in Carlton County is estimated at 3.4 million.

"A lot of the damage that's occurred in our county and in our cities with this event is behind the walls, it's inside the homes," Dennis Genereau, Carlton County Coordinator said. "The homes still stand and they may look okay from the outside, but we don't see the damage that's happened inside."

The county's largest businesses like Sappi and USG are back up and running.

City officials are looking closely at what has been done in other parts of the state when disasters strike.

The MN Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented a new program to help veterans after the flood.

Under the program, veterans and widows of veterans can receive a $750 re-imbursement grant.

The money can be used to cover the cost of professional cleaning or replacement of appliances.

Applications can be requested from the Carlton and St. Louis County Veterans Service offices.

Jennifer Walch
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