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2010 Spring River Flooding (DR-1900)


Spring Flooding

Incident Period

March 1, 2010 to April 26, 2010

Presidential Declaration Date

April 19, 2010 for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation

FEMA ID Number

DR-1900 (Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding)

Counties Declared

For Public Assistance

Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Grant, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Marshall, McLeod, Nicollet, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine.  Tribal Governments:  Prairie Island Community,  Upper Sioux Community

(FEMA Public Assistance is for State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure and facilities)

For more information regarding local recovery activity and assistance for this incident please contact the specific county or tribal emergency manager.  Click here for county and  tribal Emergency Manager contact information.

Total Cost (eligible)

$16,821,975 (as of 1/3/2013)

The FEMA Public Assistance Program is a 75 percent reimbursement program

The State of Minnesota is funding 100 percent of the non-federal share for this disaster declaration

Current Status

All applicants have received their initial payments


Event Summary

The combination of high-water equivalency snowpack, saturated soils, ice jams, and flat terrain created the potential for near record flooding in several basins throughout Minnesota. Based on this potential, an emergency measure, FEMA-3310-EM was declared on March 19, 2010 to include emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.

On March 23, 2010, the State Coordinating Officer requested a joint FEMA/State Public Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessment for 18 counties with a supplemental request for the Upper Sioux Agency

The preliminary assessments indicated the most severe impacts were to public property including but not limited to bridges, county and state road systems, schools, water control facilities, and state and local parks.  The incident was determined to be beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments.

Governor Tim Pawlenty submitted April 6, 2010, a request to the President to declare this event a major disaster for the state of Minnesota.