President Trump approves Minnesota disaster declaration

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington. Photo: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington.

February 01, 2019 03:21 PM

On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a disaster in the St. Louis County area after severe storms and flooding caused $11.5 million in damage in October 2018, according to a release from the White House.

Sustained winds of nearly 50 mph were measured between October 9 and 11, causing 20-foot waves and water levels to rise 10 inches along Lake Superior in Duluth.

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The federal disaster declaration will now allow FEMA to help St. Louis County access federal assistance to help repair infrastructure damaged in the storm.


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According to the White House, Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

The disaster declaration request was made by a handful of Minnesota lawmakers in December 2018. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. 

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