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Franken Tours Flood Damage, Mudslide in Mpls.

Updated: 07/04/2014 7:40 AM
Created: 07/03/2014 7:00 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

U.S. Sen. Al Franken got another firsthand look Thursday at the damage done by flooding across the state, this time, touring the mess left over by a mudslide in Minneapolis near the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

The hillside collapsed after torrential rains pounded the state Thursday, June 19, forcing evacuations and road closures.

Crews installed mesh that's designed to redirect rain water and prevent further erosion, and while buildings have been declared safe, crews will keep a close eye on the hillside to make sure it remains safe.

Franken toured the site with officials from the hospital and said he hopes the next step will be a statewide declaration.

"I'm sure that statewide, we're going to be over the threshold, so the governor will then ask for a disaster declaration by the president," Franken said.

Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to tour this specific damage, but they're working their way around the state to see if Minnesota qualifies for federal funding.

In the Twin Cities metro, the flood damage has already totaled more than $18 million for just Carver, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, which is more than double the amount needed for the state to get federal assistance.

Sen. Al Franken tours the site of a mudslide near the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on Thursday afternoon.
Photo: KSTP-TV/Brandi Powell
A mudslide near the U of M Medical Center in Minneapolis
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