Posted by Melissa Burlaga
St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major federal disaster declaration for 14 Minnesota counties and one tribal nation affected by storms July 1-11.
In a July 20, letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton requested Chisago, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Stearns, Yellow Medicine and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe be included in the disaster declaration after preliminary damage assessments revealed nearly $19 million in costs and damages.
Governor Dayton requested a major disaster declaration including 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 non-profit 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.
If the President declares a major disaster, FEMA will fund 75 percent of approved costs.
Eligible work might include debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities such as roads, power poles, buildings, and recreation areas.