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Minn. Governor makes disaster request for June 20-26 storms

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama requesting a major federal disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by flash flooding and severe storms June 20-26.

According to Dayton's news release, the request includes that Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin counties be included in the disaster declaration after preliminary damage assessments revealed $17.8 million in costs and damages.

If granted, the disaster declaration would provide assistance to townships, cities, counties, schools, and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.

If the president declares a major disaster, FEMA will fund 75 percent of approved costs. Local and state governments are responsible for the remaining 25 percent.

The letter is the fourth and final step in the disaster declaration process, which includes damage assessment by the Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management, requests for a damage assessment by FEMA and the documentation of weather data, emergency response and impact on the communities affected by the disaster.

- Staff reports