Gov. Dayton asks Obama to declare federal disaster in Minnesota
The damage bill in Hennepin County alone is more than $3.4 million.
Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday requesting a declaration of major federal disaster for damage caused by the severe storms that ripped through Minnesota in June.
If Obama complies, FEMA will fund 75 percent of costs associated with the damage. Local and state governments would pick up the remainder of the tab.
The series of storms that began June 20 and ended June 26 resulted in a combined $17.8 million in damage to 18 Minnesota counties, according to a preliminary assessment. In Hennepin, high winds and heavy rains created 100,000 cubic yards of waste, says Dayton, more than the tornado that touched down in Minneapolis in 2011. The total bill for debris in Hennepin alone is more than $3.4 million.
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