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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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November 04, 2016
State Plans Appeal of Individuals Assistance Denied by FEMA
Homeowners with Storm Damage Asked to Report Damage
​​​ST. PAUL — State officials are asking homeowners in seven Minnesota counties to report any damage to their home from a September 21-22 severe storm and flooding event. 

Homeowners should contact their county emergency manager as soon as possible because staff from FEMA and the Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) will be conducting additional damage assessments Nov. 8-10.  

Governor Mark Dayton announced that he will appeal FEMA’s denial of his request for assistance to individuals whose homes sustained damage during the flooding event this fall. 

Governor Dayton requested a federal disaster declaration October 19 and President Obama declared a major disaster in nine Minnesota counties on Wednesday. Those counties are eligible for Public Assistance (PA), or reimbursement of the cost to repair public infrastructure. FEMA’s decision regarding Individual Assistance was not included in that declaration. 

During damage assessments in October, FEMA and HSEM identified more than 1,100 homes impacted by flooding and $10.1 million in estimated individual and household needs. Since that time, more than 600 damaged homes were discovered in those areas when homeowners came forward to report damage. Many of those homes received major damage or were destroyed. 

Officials are asking anyone in Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca who has not reported damage to contact their county emergency manager. Residents in counties outside those seven counties should also report damage to their county emergency manager. If significant damage is discovered in additional counties, those counties could be added to the Governor’s appeal. Minnesotans can find their county emergency manager online

Once the additional damage assessment is completed in the affected counties, HSEM will provide the updated information to Governor Dayton who will use the data as a basis for his appeal to FEMA. 

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