Updated: 07/07/2014 4:13 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 3:56 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews
This week officials will be out touring flood damage in 15 Minnesota Counties now that floodwaters have receded following severe storms and flooding over the last few weeks.
FEMA teams will be out assessing the damage in affected cities with local and state officials starting Tuesday. Preliminary damage assessments are required before Gov. Mark Dayton can request a presidential disaster declaration from President Obama. The governor will be asking for the Public Assistance program, which provides federal funds for debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairing, or replacing, damaged buildings. Dayton says he wants the process to move forward as quickly as possible so residents can start recovery efforts.
Officials were already out looking at flood damage in four Minnesota counties last week, including Jackson, Nobles, Renville and Rock counties. This week, they will be touring Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Dakota, Freeborn, Hennepin, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Pipestone, Ramsey, Scott, Sibley and Steele counties.
FEMA will wrap up their visit on Friday, July 11.