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Dayton approves state disaster relief for Renville County

OLIVIA -- Renville County will receive an estimated $309,525 in state disaster assistance for cleanup and repairs to public infrastructure after damage from heavy rains and flooding Aug. 10 and 11.

Shelby Lindrud / Tribune Governor Mark Dayton approved state disaster assistance for Renville County, to help pay for damages caused by the rains and flooding in August. Many areas in Olivia were effected by the floods including the Meadowcrest Estates trailer park and surrounding streets.
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune Governor Mark Dayton approved state disaster assistance for Renville County, to help pay for damages caused by the rains and flooding in August. Many areas in Olivia were effected by the floods including the Meadowcrest Estates trailer park and surrounding streets.

OLIVIA - Renville County will receive an estimated $309,525 in state disaster assistance for cleanup and repairs to public infrastructure after damage from heavy rains and flooding Aug. 10 and 11.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced the decision Wednesday.

According to a news release, Minnesota law says the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs, while localities will cover the remaining balance. The total Renville County will receive will be based on actual expense documentation.

The funds will come from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account.

Over eight inches of rain fell on Renville County overnight Aug. 10 and 11, causing widespread flooding. The water caused damage to local roads and agricultural drainage systems. Renville County declared a state of emergency Aug. 11, the first step in the disaster assistance process.

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In a letter, Dayton directed Director Joe Kelly of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to provide public assistance in the designated area and provide additional assistance if requested by the local government and warranted by results of further damage assessments to the extent of state law.

Wabasha County was also deemed eligible for disaster assistance, receiving approximately $143,295.

Related Topics: OLIVIAWEATHER
Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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