Sen. Al Franken Gets Update on Flood Recovery Efforts

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - U.S. Senator Al Franken was in Duluth on Tuesday to take a look at where the city is on its on going flood recovery efforts.

Sen. Franken said he was impressed with how so many organizations have come together in this disaster to help in the flood recovery efforts.

The focus of the discussion was on how well individuals and families are doing a year after the flood.

Representatives from Lutheran Social Service gave an update on its assistance programs for individuals.

Within the next month LSS has arranged for 90 volunteers to come to Duluth to help work on 20 flood ravaged homes.

The community Foundation has also provided 23 grants which have helped families and individuals make their home more energy efficient as they fix them up after the flood.

One aspect that stood out for Sen. Franken was the fact the Federal government provided assistance for public entities but not as much for individuals.

"Its almost an all or nothing on individual assistance, and people are able to get SBA loans, that seemed to work out pretty well. There were aspects of this that worked and that was very heartening," said Franken.

By the end of May, about $8.7 million has been distributed through SBA loans.

Also Minnesota State housing committed more than $10 million in state loans.

Representatives from the different organizations were happy that the senator seemed to understand the importance of community cohesion in making the Northland stronger after the flood.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.