It’s expected Governor Mark Dayton this week will ask President Trump for a federal disaster declaration after a succession of storms and flooding hit northeast, northwest and southwest Minnesota from mid June into July. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly says, “Certainly this week the governor will send his request to the federal government.” When asked how many counties will be included, Kelly responded, “Let’s just say that 28 counties and three tribal nations will be included in the governor’s request.”
If the White House grants Dayton’s request it would make federal dollars available to help local governments repair damaged infrastructure. Kelly says the state will also ask FEMA assessors to return to Minnesota for a detailed tally of damage to homes and businesses. State officials would then decide whether to request federal assistance for individuals.