Governor Declares State Of Emergency in Minnesota

Posted at: 07/03/2013 9:37 PM
Updated at: 07/03/2013 10:10 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- From June 20th to the 26th, more than 20 inches of rain fell in parts of Southeastern Minnesota, damaging homes and businesses throughout the area.

Which is why on Wednesday, Governor Dayton declared a state of emergency for more than a dozen counties, including, Fillmore, Winona, Houston, and Freeborn.

The emergency declaration means counties will be able to request federal funding to help recoup money spent on clean-up and repairs.

“We’re estimating somewhere between $220,000 to $250,000 worth of damage between county roads, bridges, and drainage areas,” said Rich Hall, director of emergency management in Freeborn County.

Other areas were hit even harder, with officials in Houston county estimating more than $5 million worth of damage.

Which is why officials across Southern Minnesota were relieved to find they would be getting some assistance.

“Our small county, not being able to handle the impact of such things, we're lucky,” Hall said. “We're hopeful that when FEMA comes, that they take a look at us and we get some funding from them."

Because in the end, the goal is simple.

“People want [the roads] fixed and to be able to drive on them again,” Hall said.

Officials from FEMA will be visiting the area next week to assess the damage, and officials said they hope to know exactly how much federal money they'll qualify for by the end of the month.