14 MN Counties Receive Federal Disaster Designation

By KBJR News 1

14 MN Counties Receive Federal Disaster Designation

July 28, 2011 Updated Jul 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Governor Mark Dayton Thursday secured a major federal disaster declaration for fourteen counties and one tribal nation following severe storms, flooding and tornadoes from July 1-11.

Preliminary damage assessments revealed nearly $19 million in costs and damages to the following counties: Chisago, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Stearns and Yellow Medicine as well as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

The declaration includes two categories of aid:

Public Assistance: Assistance to state and local government and certain private non-profit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

This applies within the counties in the disaster area.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: Assistance to state and local government and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

All counties in the state of Minnesota are eligible to apply for assistance under this program.

FEMA will fund 75 percent of the approved cost.

Eligible work includes debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities, such as roads, power poles, buildings, utilities and recreation areas.

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