Governor Dayton Declares State of Emergency for 35 Counties

Posted at: 06/19/2014 12:47 PM
Updated at: 06/19/2014 5:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Governor Mark Dayton has just declared a state of emergency for 35 Minnesota counties. The counties include, Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted and Waseca.

The Executive Order makes a wide range of state resources available and engages state agencies in response efforts.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is fully activating the State Emergency Operations Center. The SEOC has been partially activated this week in response to flood and storm-related conditions across northern and southern Minnesota.  

"We're ramping up our efforts to help communities across the state that are dealing with storm damage and high water due to the recent heavy rains," said Kris Eide, HSEM Director.

State agencies are now in the SEOC to closely monitor conditions around the state and respond to resource requests from local emergency managers.

A full activation of the SEOC occurs when there are significant impacts from an event over several or large areas of the state. Storms that have caused flooding and other damage began on June 11 and are continuing.

The 35 counties in the State of Emergency order are; Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd, and Waseca.