ST. PAUL — State and federal teams are in southern Minnesota conducting preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) in 15 Minnesota counties following spring flooding along the Minnesota River. Teams from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and FEMA will conduct the damage assessments.
Teams will conduct an assessment in McLeod County Tuesday afternoon. Those teams move to Big Stone, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Renville and Lyon counties on Wednesday. Assessments will take place in Brown, Blue Earth, Chippewa, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Redwood counties on Thursday. The final PDAs take place on Friday in Carver, Scott and Sibley counties. This initial round of public assistance PDAs will be completed by the end of the day Friday. Teams will move to other areas of the state once floodwaters recede.
Three teams begin PDAs for public assistance today. Public assistance teams are looking at damage to public infrastructure. The Schedule is:
Tuesday, April 12
- Teams 1, 2 and 3 – McLeod County (2 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 13
- Team 1 – Big Stone County (9 a.m.) Lyon County (2 p.m.)
- Team 2 – Lac Qui Parle County (9 a.m.)
- Team 3 – Yellow Medicine County (9 a.m.) Renville County (2 p.m.)
Thursday, April 14
- Team 1 – Brown County (9 a.m.) Nicollet County (2 p.m.)
- Team 2 – Blue Earth County (9 a.m.) Le Sueur County (2 p.m.)
- Team 3 – Chippewa County (9 a.m.) Redwood County (2 p.m.)
Friday, April 15
- Team 1 – Sibley County (TBD)
- Team 2 – Scott County (9:30 a.m.)
- Team 3 – Carver County (9:30 a.m.)
Media wishing to cover any PDAs can contact the state joint information center to make arrangements. The schedule above is the initial round of PDAs. Teams should complete the initial round of assessments by the end of the week.