Minn. Leaders Survey Flood Damage, Believe Federal Help Will Come

Updated: 06/23/2014 6:45 AM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

Flooding of homes in Prior Lake.
Flooding of homes in Prior Lake.
Photo: Photo courtesy of Nicole Bella Remini

Photo: KSTP-TV
Photo: KSTP-TV

Even before the rivers recede, Minnesota’s leaders are already trying to get federal help for recovery.

Gov. Mark Dayton will meet with the Minnesota Recovers Task Force at 2:30 p.m. Monday to look at what state agencies can do to help in the recovery efforts. Then at 4 p.m., Dayton will consider extending the State of Emergency in place for 35 counties dealing with mudslides and flooding.

Counties in the State of Emergency include; 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.

On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in Minnesota to give updates about the progress of getting help from the federal government.  Klobuchar started her day in Mankato where she toured areas affected by high water; she's tallying up the cost of fixing damage caused by flooding to see if the total triggers help from Washington.

"We believe this is going to meet the threshold for damage for federal help," Klobuchar said. "That’s $7.3 million of public infrastructure damage for the whole state, and once that happens, then 75 percent of the repairs for public infrastructure, roads, bridges, rail, wastewater treatment plants can all be done federally."

She adds that once eligible, it takes up to two weeks for aid to kick in.

Klobuchar said this is a disaster in slow motion, but Minnesotans are doing what they do best and are helping each other out.