Dayton to appeal denial of individual assistance from floods

Published 9:57 am Monday, November 7, 2016

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday said he plans to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision denying individual assistance to households affected by flooding in southern Minnesota in September.

Mark Dayton

Mark Dayton

The announcement came after President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared a major disaster in Minnesota, which made federal assistance for public infrastructure and hazard mitigation available to nine counties — including Freeborn, Waseca and Steele counties.

At that time, assistance for individuals and households remained under review.

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Initial assessments indicated $8.3 million in eligible public infrastructure damage and $10.1 million in estimated individual and household damage for the nine counties.

A news release sent out by Dayton’s office said Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management and FEMA are slated to conduct further damage assessments in the counties this week.