July 12, 2019 06:42 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Joe Kelly visited Dodge County Thursday with Gov. Tim Walz to survey the storm damage and talk about possible solutions.
He predicted the region would receive state aid, but no federal aid.
"We have a program in Minnesota for disaster relief absent federal aid," he said.
That money would go toward rebuilding broken infrastructure.
Individual grant assistance would only be available through FEMA, which doesn’t look likely.
"I don't see right now that (Dodge and Olmsted counties) are going to qualify through federal disaster assistance," he said.
Over the phone Friday, he said the best action homeowners can take is to make sure they are properly insured. That could include “water and sump pump overflow” coverage and the National Flood Insurance Program, which provides coverage when water comes up over land.
"Either the river or lake gets too high or water goes and impacts a building. Or if there's a really heavy rain. We've had 10, 12, 14 inches of rain in southern Minnesota,” said State Floodplain Manager Ceil Strauss.
For those whose insurance didn’t cover all of the damage or didn’t have insurance to begin with, there may be low-interest loans available.
"What we are trying to do for some of the folks in Dodge County and some of the adjacent counties, as well, is just to have the federal government come next week, do an evaluation of home damage and then make a determination if they can make low-interest disaster loans available to people that the damage cost to their homes exceeds the amount of cash that they have to pay for it," he said.
Created: July 12, 2019 06:42 PM
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