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Koochiching, Beltrami Co. Added to Federal Disaster Area

Updated: 08/01/2014 11:42 AM
Created: 08/01/2014 11:41 AM WDIO.com

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added 24 Minnesota counties and two tribal governments to a federal disaster declaration for flooding, including Koochiching and Beltrami counties and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

The additions were announced Friday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  The disaster declaration makes government units and some non-profit groups eligible for funding to cover emergency work and the repair or replacement of flood-damaged infrastructure.  FEMA will fund 75 percent of approved costs, and the state will cover the rest.

The 24 counties added to the declaration and approved for federal assistance are Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Dodge, Faribault, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd, Wadena, Waseca, and Yellow Medicine.  Besides Red Lake, the Prairie Island Indian Community was also added to the declaration.

The eight counties already covered included Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville and Rock Counties.

FEMA is still reviewing whether to add Dakota, Hennepin, Lyon, Ramsey, Watonwan, and Wright counties to the list.

"I appreciate the quick response of the federal government," Gov. Mark Dayton said in a press release. "This aid will provide needed relief to 32 Minnesota counties and two tribal governments. I will continue advocating strongly for the inclusion of the six additional counties that sustained significant damage during this summer's flooding."

Gov. Mark Dayton surveys flood-affected areas of Koochiching County in June.

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