FEMA Teams in Minnesota to Assess Recent Storm Damage
Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be spending the next several weeks surveying storm damage across Minnesota to determine if it is severe enough to qualify for a Federal Disaster Declaration or state assistance.
A news release from the state agency says, based on local initial damage assessments, it's projected "the eligible damage expense will exceed $27 million which is nearly 3 times more than Minnesota's statewide indicator for public assistance of $9.3 million."
The assessments will be taking place in 48 of Minnesota's 87 counties and five tribal nations for damage that occurred since April 22. Most of the counties are in western and northern Minnesota. The news release notes additional counties and tribal areas could be added at a later date.
Locations included in this joint federal-state PDA include Boise Forte Band of Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Also, the counties of Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Morrison, Murray, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Roseau, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.