Weather Forecast


Preliminary flood damage assessment tops $14M

ST. PAUL -- The preliminary assessment of damage caused by spring flooding in Minnesota is $14.7 million, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

According to a news release, teams from the state Department of Public Safety and the Federal Emergency Management Agency met with officials from 23 Minnesota counties, reviewed the cost of flood preparations and inspected damage to public infrastructure as part of the assessment.

The information was submitted Friday to FEMA and will be used to determine whether a federal disaster should be declared for Minnesota. Based on FEMA's criteria, the threshold to qualify for a disaster is $6.4 million for Minnesota.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty requested a major disaster declaration on March 9. Minnesota did receive an emergency declaration on March 19 that provided direct federal assistance for responding to spring flooding. If the state receives a major disaster declaration, the federal government will pay 75 percent of the cost for protective measures, damage to public infrastructure -- roads, bridges, etc. -- and the cost of cleanup from spring flooding.

-- Staff reports