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Swift County seeks emergency status for spring flood damage

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

BENSON - Gravel roads and culverts are washed out in nearly every township in Swift County because of early spring flooding, leading the county to apply for an emergency disaster declaration.

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Damage estimates are at nearly $200,000 in 15 townships.

Surveys are being done in the remaining six township, and damage estimates are expected to increase.

At their meeting Tuesday the Swift County Commissioners approved a resolution to seek a declaration of emergency disaster status to obtain funds from the Federal Emergency Agency. Management Agency, according to Auditor Byron Giese.

Based on the federal formula, Swift County entities, including cities and townships, needed to meet a threshold of $40,000 in damages. It has easily surpassed that based on early estimates of repairs, said Giese.

The county is hoping the county will be included in the federal disaster declaration to obtain funds to off-set costs townships will incur to repair roads and culverts.

Read more about this story in Thursdays edition of the West Central Tribune.

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