FEMA funds now available for areas damaged by late May storms

Federal emergency money is now available to a large portion of Minnesota following severe weather in late May.

Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed a declaration that allows federal emergency money to be distributed to state, tribal and municipal recovery efforts, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations.

Wednesday morning, FEMA announced the money was available, saying it is available on a cost-sharing basis.

The money can be used for emergency work, as well as the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the weather, which happened on the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend.

As previously reported, multiple warnings were issued across the state as tornadoes touched down.

The National Weather Service gave the Forada tornado an EF-2 classification, meaning wind speeds of up to 120 mph were possible.

Meanwhile, the NWS designated the Plato and Eagle Bend tornadoes as EF-1.

The counties eligible for funds include:

  • Aitkin
  • Big Stone
  • Cass
  • Chippewa
  • Crow Wing
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Itasca
  • Kanabec
  • Kandiyohi
  • Lac qui Parle
  • Lyon
  • Nobles
  • Pine
  • Pope
  • Renville
  • Rock
  • Stevens
  • Swift
  • Todd
  • Traverse
  • Wadena
  • Yellow Medicine