Gov. Dayton, state lawmakers tour storm-ravaged parts of MN

By KBJR News 1

June 21, 2014 Updated Jun 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM CDT

Luverne, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Statewide in 35 affected Minnesota counties, storms and flooding have been a serious issue. But the Southwestern part of Minnesota is especially hurting from this week's storms.

Governor Mark Dayton, along with Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, and Representative Tim Walz toured that part of the the state Friday to see the damage.

In Luverne, they held a meeting with local farmers and producers to hear first hand how flooding and hail have significantly damaged the area.

Fields for growing crops are a huge area of concern. Just last week, corn was knee high. Now, it sits barely above the ground after being pummeled by hail.

Other fields have been completely washed away.

"The urgency of this situation is my biggest concern right now in getting assistance for these people who really can't wait for a state or federal program to finally get in gear," said Gov. Dayton.

Dayton is looking to make a disaster declaration for Minnesota so counties and cities can receive help from FEMA.

The state needs $7.3 million dollars in damage to qualify. During Friday's tour, leaders learned Rock Co. alone will account for more than half that total.