ST. PAUL — Today, at the direction of Governor Mark Dayton, Kris Eide, Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, sent a letter of appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting the agency approve individual assistance for tornado victims in Hennepin County. In her letter, Eide told FEMA, “the most severely impacted areas were inspected a second time after 300,000 pounds of debris and waste were removed giving inspectors an unobstructed view of the damage.”
The tornado hit May 22, leaving two people dead in north Minneapolis and 47 injured. Eide told FEMA, “An increased demand for basic essential services has overwhelmed the voluntary organizations that typically provide these resources.” She pointed out Minnesota continues to recover from past major disasters, including three in the last 12 months. Eide wrote, “These incidents have stretched available resources to the limit.”
Governor Mark Dayton has already secured a major federal disaster declaration for Hennepin and Anoka counties. Preliminary damage assessments revealed $16.33 million in costs and damages following the tornado. The declaration granted public assistance to Hennepin and Anoka counties to help repair infrastructure and other storm related costs incurred by government agencies and certain private nonprofits.