The Trump Administration is declaring a major disaster declaration for 27 Minnesota counties and three tribes impacted by severe weather in June and July. Communities in southwest, northwest and northeast Minnesota that suffered significant damage from major flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. FEMA will reimburse local governments up to 75 percent of the costs to repair public infrastructure including roads, bridges and water systems. Federal aid is also available for hazard mitigation measures. U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar said, “this relief is greatly needed in communities all across Minnesota.”
The declaration covers Aitkin, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Faribault, Itasca, Jackson, Koochiching, Lake, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Redwood, Renville, Rock, St. Louis, Sibley, Watonwan counties, plus the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation, and White Earth Nation.