ST. PAUL — About $4 million of disaster recovery assistance will come to southern Minnesota.

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced Thursday it would allocate the funds from the state’s Disaster Contingency Account. 

Most of that money will go toward Dodge and Olmsted counties, which were particularly hard hit during the June 28 and July 5 storms that dropped torrential rains on the region. The funds reimburse local governments at 75 percent of the assessed damages for public infrastructure.

Dodge County will receive roughly $1,154,687, while Olmsted County will receive an estimated $1,908,251 in relief.

"I’m grateful our region is getting the assistance we need to deal with the problems caused by this summer’s heavy rainfall, flooding, and severe weather," said state Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester. "Some communities received between 12 and 16 inches of rainfall over a very short period of time and that had a tremendous impact on our area’s infrastructure and attractions."

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it is making $150 million available in grant money through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities recover from national disasters. 

All counties in Southeast Minnesota — plus the Prairie Island Indian Community — are available for the program.

The program targets repairs and improvements of essential community facilities such as streets, nursing homes, childcare centers and libraries.

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig said she encourages communities to apply for funding to recover from storms that have devastated the region. 

“I’ve seen the impact of roads, bridges and neighborhoods crippled by our most recent spring flooding,” Craig said. “I’m humbled by the strength our communities have shown in their recovery efforts to date, and I urge them to apply for these grants to continue those efforts in rebuilding their neighborhoods.”

For more information about the USDA Community Facility Program Grants, visit www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/community-facilities-programs.

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