Sen. Reinert: Special Session on Flood Relief Slated for Third Week of August

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A special session in the Minnesota Legislature on flood relief efforts is set to begin the third week of August, according to State Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth).

The help is needed especially after FEMA denied individual assistance for northeastern Minnesota last month.

That denial is being appealed by the Governor, but Senator Reinert says it's not likely that appeal will go through.

The Senator said the special session will begin on August 21st or 22nd and will give homeowners a fighting chance to fix their homes.

Senator Reinert says there are many factors that need to be looked at when legislators come together.

"We're also arguing hard to find a little pot of money for those really unusual circumstance that we've seen in the Northland," said Sen. Reinert. "A home in Fond du Lac, brand new home, people haven't even moved in yet. They can't because the hillside behind it has been determined to be unstable."

Meanwhile, the Governor says the state will help in any way the Federal Government can't. FEMA crews assessed more than 1,100 homes while they were in the region surveying the damage back in July. 17 homes were considered destroyed, 154 sustained major damaged.

Governor Mark Dayton has yet to call the special session. The Governor's office says it's in the planning stages and is on track for a special session late august.

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