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Storm Recovery still underway in many Minnesota counties

Duluth wind damage

21 counties across the state have been impacted by thunderstorms over the past two months. Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) staff are tracking the effects of the storms and the recovery efforts that are underway:

  • Seven counties in the Arrowhead region have been impacted by wind damage following the overnight storms on July 21. Those counties are currently assessing damages.
  • In Central Minnesota, 12 counties are in the process of conducting Initial Damage Assessments (IDA) after storms during July 11-18 spawned multiple tornadoes and caused serious flooding. Those counties include: Aitkin, Benton, Carlton, Chippewa, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Traverse, Yellow Medicine. An IDA is part of the process to determine eligibility for State Disaster Assistance.
  • HSEM staff have scheduled Preliminary Damage Assessments for Itasca County and the Leech Lake Reservation after local authorities reported damage that occurred during a wind event on July 5. Their visit will determine if costs are eligible to be reimbursed through the State Disaster Assistance Program.

On July 21, Governor Dayton approved State Disaster Assistance for both Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties to reimburse them for repairs made to flood-damaged and washed out roads and bridges from storms that occurred between June 14-18.


Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties Receive State Disaster Assistance

Blue Earth County Storm Damaged Road

Governor Mark Dayton has approved a request for state assistance from Blue Earth and Nicollet counties following severe thunderstorms during the week of June 14-18. Blue Earth County reported more than $602,000 in damages. Nicollet County reported more than $314,000 in damages. The State Disaster Assistance funds will reimburse the costs related to repairing flood-damaged and washed out roads and bridges in those counties.

Under Minnesota law, the state reimburses 75 percent of the total eligible damage costs for each county. Each county is responsible for covering the remaining 25 percent of costs. These are the first two requests for state assistance this year.

HSEM is currently working with 14 additional counties to assess damages and eligibility for State Disaster Assistance following thunderstorms in early July.

Read Governor Dayton's letter authorizing the State Disaster Assistance.


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