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FEMA Will Survey Flooding Damage in MN on Tuesday

Updated: 06/29/2014 9:20 PM
Created: 06/29/2014 9:12 PM KAALtv.com

(KSTP) -- With flood waters receding, the work of totaling up the damage across the state can begin.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced FEMA will arrive Tuesday in southwestern Minnesota to start surveying the damage.

Local and state officials have already started an initial impact assessment. In order for Minnesota to qualify for federal funds, the damage to public infrastructure must be at least $7.3 million.

Klobuchar said she believes the state will meet the threshold for damage. She said a wastewater treatment plant in Norwood Young America already was estimated at having over a million dollars in damage.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), along with FEMA, will compile dollar amounts of damage in affected counties.

HSEM will then prepare Gov. Mark Dayton's request for a presidential declaration of disaster. Only President Barack Obama can approve that.

Klobuchar said when Obama was in the Twin Cities last week, he commented on the swollen Minnehaha Falls.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced FEMA will arrive Tuesday in southwestern Minnesota to start surveying the damage.
KSTP