Flood Damage Tally for Minnesota: $32M but Rising

Updated: 07/01/2014 6:41 PM KSTP.com

Flooding at Blue Mounds State Park
Flooding at Blue Mounds State Park
Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Blue Mounds State Park

Storms and flooding have caused an estimated $32 million in damage in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, southwest Minnesota got a once over by FEMA and state officials. They are touring damage in Jackson, Nobles, Renville, and Rock counties Wednesday, as well after water caused mud slides, drowned farm land and flooded roads and bridges.

An estimated 40 counties experienced damage, but once floodwaters recede, more counties in the state will be assessed.

"It's going to take a while after waters recede to make an assessment of how much damage has occurred," said Gov. Mark Dayton.

It's estimated the metro has the most structural damage and most costly damage from this month's floods.

The most damage was to Carver County, with an estimated $9.2 million; Hennepin County had $7.3 million; Ramsey County had $1.9 million. Those three counties alone are well over what President Obama needs to see to offer federal assistance.

Dayton believes he'll be able to request a presidential disaster declaration by next week.

A special legislative session is not out of the question, but Dayton says it is still premature to decide on a date.

So far, there is no estimate on how much damage has been done to homes, farms or businesses. The American Red Cross is in charge of collecting those numbers.

If there is damage your insurance won't cover, you're told to report your damage to your county's emergency management department, and ask if you qualify for some state emergency funding.