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When 60-90 mile per hour winds raced through Clearwater County in July, they left behind plenty of damage. There were so many downed tree limbs and other debris that first responders had to clear roads to make them passable for traffic. The heavy weight of broken branches brought down power lines, leading to widespread power outages.
Gov. Dayton authorized State Disaster Assistance to reimburse Clearwater County for an estimated $114,500 in repair and recovery costs, becoming the 11th county this year to receive State Disaster Assistance. Under the law, the state reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs, with local governments covering 25 percent. Review Gov. Dayton’s authorization letter.
When a storm causes damage to public infrastructure, it can really throw your life off track. You depend on roads, water and utilities every day, and perhaps parks, schools and other public buildings, too. So how do your local and county government agencies get things up and running again? It’s a little thing called the State Disaster Contingency Account. Learn about it in the latest DPS blog.
Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).