FEMA Denies Appeal for Individual Flood-Disaster Aid

By KBJR News 1

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - For the second time, a request for financial assistance for flood-ravaged Minnesota homeowners and businesses has been denied.

Governor Mark Dayton made the appeal after the request for FEMA funds was denied the first time around.

In a letter to the Governor on Friday, FEMA reaffirms the original findings that the damage to homes in the floods is not of the severity and magnitude to warrant individual help.

Governor Dayton pointed out in his appeal FEMA assessors found significant flood damage to over 1,700 homes in the Northland following the June flood.

With today's unwelcoming news to homeowners, officials say donations to the Twin Ports Region Long Term Flood Relief fund are now more important than ever.

"It means we have to raise millions and millions of more dollars to help people rebuild their lives," said Drew Digby with the Long Term Flood Relief Committee. "It's disappointing news. It just means we have to work harder at the rebuilding project."

That fund currently has about $355,000 to help unmet needs. The group is comprised of United Way members, faith-based and social service organizations, and government agencies.

In a statement, the Governor said he'll ask the Legislature to include an estimated $7.4M, the amount requested from FEMA, in the upcoming special session, expected to get underway on August 24th.

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