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2010 Storms and Wadena Tornadoes (DR-1921)


Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding

Incident Period

June 17, 2010 to June 26, 2010

Presidential Declaration Date

July 2, 2010 for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation

FEMA ID Number

DR-1921 (Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding)

Counties Declared

Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Houston, Kittson, Nicollet, Olmsted, Otter Tai, Polk, Sibley, Steele, and Wadena.

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.

Disaster-related Fatalities


Total Cost (eligible)

$18, 207, 827 (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

On June 17, a powerful storm system crossed into Minnesota from the Dakotas and brought damaging thunderstorm winds, hail, and flooding rains and tornadoes across the state. The storms spawned 48 confirmed tornadoes ranging in intensity from EF0 to EF4 in a single day. Three fatalities occurred at widely dispersed locations in the state while many injuries were reported, and property damage was extensive. In particular, a large number of homes in Wadena County were damaged or destroyed including the High School.

The tornado outbreak was notable for the number of tornadoes produced in a single day (a Minnesota record) and the geographic extent of the event.

Visit the Minnesota Climatology Working Group webpage on this event for more details.