Dayton travels across MN to assess flood damage

By KBJR News 1

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Dayton travels across MN to assess flood damage

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Governor Mark Dayton has declared a State of Emergency in communities across Minnesota due to the continuing flooding.

Tuesday Dayton visited Delano, Chaska, Belle Plaine and Mendota to assess flood damage, meet with local emergency managers and discuss flood prevention/mitigation efforts.

Monday Dayton and the Minnesota Executive Council voted in favor of extending Executive Order 14–11 for 30 more days; declaring a State of Emergency in 35 Minnesota counties still valid until July 22.

Dayton's order includes 35 counties as follows: Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd and Waseca.

The Executive Order provides state resources for disaster response efforts for those communities.

St. Paul is one of the many cities in a State of Emergency, and city leaders say they expect to spend an estimated $1.7 million preparing for the worst flooding since 2001.

The city is making a disaster declaration and will know by tomorrow if they will receive assistance or not.

The disaster declaration means the city can seek reimbursement for flood damage expenses if the federal government provides relief funds to the state.

Around 15 cities/counties have made similar disaster declarations.

Ramona Marozas