MN Recovers Task Force to Assist with Disaster Funds

By KBJR News 1

MN Recovers Task Force to Assist with Disaster Funds

August 27, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Minnesota Recovers Task Force will work with state agencies to distribute funds included in the disaster relief bill that was passed on August 24.

The disaster relief bill includes $25 million in state funds to match FEMA Public Assistance funds to repair public infrastructure for the federally declared disaster area, which consists of 15 counties and three tribal nations.

The bill also includes $7.8 million to assist counties affected by a windstorm on July 2-4.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management will administer $5.8 million for debris removial, power line repair and emergency services.

The Department of Natural Resources received $2 million for reforestation and recover timber sales.

The Task Force which is administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), works with state agencies who reach out to local units of government and tribal communities which apply on behalf of individuals, businesses and certain private non-profit organizations.

The Task Force ensures applicants are eligible to receive state assistance funds.

The bill includes the following funding:

Department of Public Safety
-$500,000 for debris removal and disposal in the federally declared disaster area.
-$500,000 Long-term Recovery Assistance in the federally declared disaster area.

Department of Health
-$565,000 for behavioral health and affected water systems.

Department of Education
-$761,000 for enrollment impact aid and disaster relief facilities grants.

Public Facilities Authority
-$6 million for infrastructure repair not covered under the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
-Up to $12.5 million to repair flood-damaged land, streams and related infrstructure

Department of Agriculture
-$600,000 for farm assistance.

Historical Society

Department of Natural Resources
-$18.85 million for damage, debris removal and flood hazard mitigation.

Department of Employment and Economic Development
-$15 million for the Minnesota Investment Fund to aid business owners.

Department of Transporation
-$79 million for state trunk highways and bridges, local road and bridge reconstruction.

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
-$12.2 million for the Quick State Disaster Recovery Program which provides a no-interest loan of up to $30,000 for home repair.

$167 million in recovery funds was made available during the special session on August 24