Dayton Announces Special Session, Federal Aid Request in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has sent his recommendation for federal disaster relief to President Obama today. This after FEMA spent three days assessing Northland flood damage in 13 counties and the Fond du lac Reservation.

The Governor also said he will be calling a special session of the legislature. It's not clear when this will happen but lawmakers say they're on board once they get a clearer picture of the extent of flood damage.

Surveyors now say it has exceeded 100 Hundred Million dollars

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says the time is now for flood relief.

"We are going to do everything we possibly can to help and do it quickly as possible," Dayton said in Duluth today.

While meeting with state lawmakers along with northland county and city officials for two hours; the governor is taking action on the state level.

"We'll have a special session as soon as we can get enough information together," said Dayton.

"The kind of information we need as we go along this journey toward what the Governor suggested as a special session," Minnesota Senate Majority Leader David Senjem.

In the meantime, the Governor is forwarding his message to President Obama that federal aid is needed to address more than 108 Million Dollars in northland public infrastructure damage.

"I have no doubt that the Presidential declaration will be approved by the President. Typically it's two weeks, we'll see if we can shorten that," said Dayton.

"We have a plan, and people need to have patience but we have a plan, an orderly progression, of how we will address this disaster and community," Lt. Govenor Yvonne Prettner Solon.

A community that is slowly coming back together; one road repair at a time.

Senator Al Franken is going to push President Obama and other federal officials to move quickly on federal aid. FEMA will fund 75 percent of all costs.

The Governor says he is hopeful that homeowners will be helped soon. The Homeland Security and Emergency Management has requested individual damage assessments. FEMA and state teams will visit communities and get a first hand look at the damage.

The request asked for the assessments to be July 11th, to allow for the floodwater to recede.

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