Freeborn County Takes Steps to Receive Federal Aid

Posted at: 06/23/2014 11:11 PM
Updated at: 06/23/2014 11:12 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) --  Freeborn County Commissioners voted on two measures tonight that would help them get federal relief for all of the recent flood damage.

Resolution number one was declaring a state of emergency, and the second was requesting a presidential declaration of a major disaster.

These are procedural steps that all of the counties who are seeking federal aid must complete.

These approvals get forwarded to the capitol, the state then accumulates them, passes them along to the governor, and then to Washington for FEMA consideration.

Right now, Freeborn County alone faces roughly $600,000 in damages and counting.

"Most of that would be our highway system, our county highway system, damage within the city of Albert Lea, and then our county drainage and ditch system, along with other smaller towns and townships" Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever said.

The dozens of other counties that were mentioned in the governor's state of emergency have or will likely be taking similar measures.