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Federal disaster aid available for Minnesota counties after late May storms

President Joe Biden signed a disaster declaration to make federal aid available in Kandiyohi and neighboring counties impacted by storms and flooding May 29-30.

Thunderstorm winds early Monday (May 30, 2022) morning blew down five trees on a farmstead north of Olivia, Minn.
Thunderstorm winds early on the morning of May 30, 2022, blew down five trees on a farmstead north of Olivia, Minnesota.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Minnesota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding from May 29-30, 2022, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

President Joe Biden signed an emergency declaration to make aid available in 23 Minnesota counties, including Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine. Other counties include Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Itasca, Kanabec, Lyon, Nobles, Pine, Rock, Stevens, Todd, Traverse and Wadena.

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According to the news release from FEMA, the federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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