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Klobuchar: FEMA Officials to Start Damage Assessments Tuesday

Updated: 06/30/2014 10:01 AM
Created: 06/29/2014 11:08 AM KSTP.com

With flood waters receding, the work of totaling up the damage across the state can begin.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced FEMA will arrive Tuesday in southwestern Minnesota to start surveying the damage.

Local and state officials have already started an initial impact assessment. In order for Minnesota to qualify for federal funds, the monetary damage to public infrastructure must be at least $7.3 million.

Klobuchar said she believes the state will meet the threshold for damage. She said the damage at a wastewater treatment plant in Norwood Young America already was estimated at more than $1 million.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), along with FEMA, will compile dollar amounts of damage in affected counties.

HSEM will then prepare Gov. Mark Dayton's request for a presidential declaration of disaster. Only President Barack Obama can approve that.

Klobuchar said when Obama was in the Twin Cities last week, he commented on the swollen Minnehaha Falls.


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