FEMA denies Minneapolis individual tornado victims aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already awarded Minneapolis $16.33 million to help pay for tornado damage to public property, but that's where it's drawing the line.

Private businesses, homeowners, and renters found out yesterday they got stiffed by the agency. As bad as the damage was from the May 22 twister, it wasn't severe enough to merit FEMA's help.

"The combined capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies" have enough resources to handle recovery from the storm, the agency said in a statement.

This is a tough pill to swallow in a neighborhood long down at the heels from unemployment and poverty, and now suffering at the hands of unscrupulous landlords, so Mayor R.T. Rybak says he's going to plead the city's case to President Barack Obama in person next week, to see if something can be worked out.

In the meantime, cleanup and recovery continues, thanks to public employees and volunteers. MinneapolisTornado.Info's Super Saturday brought in thousands of pounds of food and other supplies.


Below are two maps Rybak included in his original request for aid from the president. The first shows property damage along the path of the tornado through north Minneapolis. The second shows concentrations of poverty in Minneapolis, overlaid with the twister's destruction zone.

Minneapolis Tornado Damage Map

Minneapolis Poverty, Tornado Impact

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