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Walz asks Trump to declare major disaster for Minnesota after 'severe spring weather'

Walz asks Trump to declare major disaster for Minnesota after 'severe spring weather' Photo: KSTP

May 29, 2019 11:08 AM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking the administration to declare a major disaster for the state of Minnesota after "severe spring weather" that included flooding and damaging winds. 

"The transition from winter to spring in Minnesota was exceptionally difficult this year," Walz said in the letter, which was dated Tuesday. 

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In the letter, Walz cited damage that was caused by flooding and a late winter storm that occurred in April. 

KSTP's spring flooding coverage 

According to the letter, a preliminary damage assessment verified there was more than $39 million in damages following the severe weather in March and April. 

"Across the state, communities took extensive emergency protective measures including building temporary flood defenses, pumping, closing roads and conducting rescue operations," Walz said in the letter. 

While Walz said Minnesotans "rose to the occasion and helped each other," he said federal assistance is needed to recover.

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