Dayton appeals denial of flood aid for homeownersPublished 6:18pm Wednesday, July 25, 2012
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of a request for federal aid to help northeastern Minnesota homeowners and businesses repair properties damaged in last month’s floods.
Dayton said Wednesday that the denial was wrong and he is “deeply disappointed.”
The governor directed the state’s top Homeland Security and Emergency Management official to appeal the decision immediately.
FEMA denied the state’s request for individual assistance, saying the damage was “not of such severity and magnitude” to qualify. The denial does not affect a federal disaster request for help repairing more than $100 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure.
Dayton is expected to call a special legislative session in late August to consider state aid for flood recovery.