St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Following an assessment by state authorities, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) requested preliminary damage assessment teams from FEMA.
The teams will join state and local representatives to begin the preliminary damage assessment process in areas affected by recent storms and flooding throughout the state, including northeast Minnesota.
The request includes assessment of damage to public infrastructure in 14 Minnesota counties and one tribal government: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Lake, McLeod, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley, St. Louis and the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe.
The damage assessment teams are scheduled to be on the ground in those areas early next week.
The Federal Highway Emergency Relief Program helps repair or reconstruct federally-funded highways—including interstates, state highways and some county roads—that have serious damage from natural disasters.
To be eligible, damage to highways must be severe, occur over a wide area and result in unusually high expenses. The minimum cost eligibility is $700,000.