Governor Mark Dayton has signed an executive order proclaiming a state of peacetime emergency for areas of southern Minnesota affected by significant rainfalls last week. The rain, which began last Wednesday, caused significant flooding and damage to public infrastructure and private property. Effected counties covered by the governor’s order are Anoka, Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, and Winona.
In addition to declaring a state of peacetime emergency in those counties, the Governor’s order directs the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with all other state agencies, to continue providing assistance and support to affected communities.
A copy of the Emergency Executive Order can be found on the Governor’s website, here.