ST. PAUL — State and federal teams today added several Minnesota counties to the list of counties receiving preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) following spring flooding throughout Minnesota. Teams from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and FEMA will look at damage to public infrastructure as part of the PDAs. Assessments took place last week in 15 counties along the Minnesota River.
Teams will conduct assessments in Wilkin and Stevens counties Monday Afternoon. Those teams move to Clay, Grant and Traverse counties on Tuesday. Assessments are tentatively scheduled to continue throughout the week in Becker, Otter Tail, Pennington, Ramsey, Red Lake, Washington and Wright counties.
“Our work will continue over at least the next two weeks,” said Kris Eide, HSEM director. “We will continue to track the damages and make a recommendation to Governor Dayton to request a presidential disaster declaration once we’ve met the $6.5 million threshold needed to qualify for federal assistance. Assessments can continue, even after he makes a request and other counties can be added on if needed.”
Assessment teams will move to other areas of the state next week. Assessments will be scheduled next week in Goodhue, Houston, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Wabasha and Winona counties, bringing the total number of counties visited to 35 over a three week period.