Rybak declares disaster, City Council plans emergency meeting

The disaster declarations could free up state and federal funds.
The disaster declarations could free up state and federal funds.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as issued a formal declaration of emergency in the wake of Sunday's tornado touchdown in North Minneapolis, paving the way for an emergency City Council meeting tomorrow. The meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. in council chambers.

Rybak originally declared the state of emergency on Sunday, but he needs the council's approval for it to extend beyond the original 72 hours. Council members are expected to extend the declaration indefinitely, keeping curfews, the exclusion zone and other emergency responses in place.

Once the City Council acts, Gov. Mark Dayton can declare a state of disaster, which in turn makes it possible for the president to do likewise, which frees up a lot of potential federal disaster funds.

Rybak toured the disaster zone today with Dayton and Hoiuse Speaker Kurt Zellers, who said the Legislature is "ready, willing and able" to meet in a special session to consider ways in which the state can help Minneapolis recover.

Read: Mayor's Declaration of Emergency | Mayor's Letter to City Council

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