U.S. Senator Al Franken Tours Northland Flood Damaged Communities

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Surveyors estimate the Northland flood damage totals $108 million.

To help in the ongoing recovery efforts, U.S. Senator Al Franken is in the Northland Saturday touring the flood-damaged communities.

Senator Franken's tour brought him first to Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood.

He met with local officials, neighborhood residents, and volunteers to tour the flood damage.

On Monday, the white house will receive a disaster relief declaration sponsored by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Franken and Senator Amy Klobuchar.

With additional financial assistance from FEMA, Franken is hopeful the Northland will get the assistance it needs.

However, he urges property owners to also do their part in recovery efforts.

"It's very important for homeowners and business owners to document the damage to their home, to their businesses, and take pictures," Franken said. "Document it as it is so important."

Senator Franken also visited Barnum, Moose Lake, and Willow River.

Franken says starting Friday, a disaster recovery center in Duluth will be available to residents to stay for up to four days.

Individuals at the shelter will be asked to complete an application in the event that President Obama grants an individual disaster decree.

Justin Reis