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2013 Summer Storms and Flooding (DR-4131)


Minnesota Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding

Incident Period

June 20, 2013 to June 26, 2013

Presidential Declaration Date

July 25, 2013   For Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation

FEMA ID Number


Counties Declared:

Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties.
All counties in Minnesota eligible for Hazard Mitigation Assistance
For more information regarding local recovery activity and assistance for this incident please contact the specific county or tribal emergency manager.

Total Costs (estimate)

$17 Million

Total Public Assistance Grants (FEMA) Dollars Obligated*

$15,217,114 (as of January 2014)

State Disaster Recovery Funding

On September 9, 2013 Governor Mark Dayton signed a disaster relief bill passed earlier in the day by a special session of the Minnesota state legislature that included $4.5 million in state funds to match FEMA Public Assistance grants to repair public infrastructure for the federally declared disaster area.
The FEMA Public Assistance Program is a 75% reimbursement program

Event Summary

The storm system began with 5.6 inches of rain in Stevens County on June 20 and ended with 8.25 inches of rain in Wilkin County on June 26. Parts of the state saw record 48-hour rainfall amounts. One to two inch-per-hour rainfall caused flash flooding and mudslides in many locations. Thousands of trees were uprooted and fell on public buildings and roads. The most extensive power outage in the history of the state left more than 600,000 homes and businesses without electricity for up to seven days making it the largest power outage in Minnesota history.
The vast amount of debris generated by the event has overwhelmed many cities and counties, requiring the use of mutual aid and other outside resources to assist with removal. Emergency protective measures were needed to restore power after winds reported to exceed 77 miles per hour felled trees, downed power lines and sheared off utility poles. . Flash flooding undermined the integrity of roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. In some communities, nearly a quarter of county drainage ditches were damaged.

News Releases


Map of DR-4131