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Gov. Walz approves disaster money for mid-July storm damage

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the state Capitol. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service 

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz authorized funds Wednesday from the Disaster Assistance Contingency Account to help counties in Southeast Minnesota that were damaged during severe storms this past summer.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management assessed damage to public infrastructure caused by strong winds and flooding in southern Minnesota during storms July 16-20. The damage occurred in Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Le Sueur, Wabasha, and Winona counties.

"This has been a tough year for many Minnesotans who are working to rebuild and recover after significant storm damage," Walz said.

Walz noted that the storms "crushed public infrastructure and slowed local economies." The disaster relief funds will help local governments at the county, township and city levels restore roads, bridges and other damaged infrastructure to their conditions before the storms occurred.

The state’s disaster assistance account is designed to offset the burden for Minnesotans "while they work to make their communities whole again,” the governor said.

The state will cover 75 percent of the eligible costs from the Disaster Assistance Contingency Account, with local governments covering the remaining 25 percent.

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