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8 Counties Included in President Obama's Disaster Declaration

Created: 07/21/2014 10:52 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- The first federal aid to help with damage from last month's severe thunderstorms is headed to Minnesota.

On Monday, President Obama issued a disaster declaration for eight Minnesota counties.

Freeborn County is one of those but more could be added. 

So far, damages total around $37 million with the bulk of it, about $16 million, going toward road and bridge repairs. 

Some counties still need to file their damage assessments and could see federal funding headed their way shortly.

“Assessments are still going on this week,” Gov. Mark Dayton said. “We expect by Friday to have, hopefully, a final assessment by FEMA, and if not then, very shortly thereafter."

FEMA will cover 75 percent of repair costs with the state picking up the rest of the bill. 

FEMA officials will return to affected counties to meet with local officials and go over preliminary paperwork for applications. They'll then return to meet with people asking for aid to develop a plan for repairs in the coming weeks.