Disaster relief coming for Albert Lea, cooperative

Published 11:13 pm Friday, October 11, 2019

Disaster relief funding is coming to Albert Lea and Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services tied to the severe winds, rainfall and flooding in mid-July.

According to a press release, Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday authorized the use of Minnesota’s Disaster Assistance Contingency Account to help pay for damage during the storms in Albert Lea.

District 27A Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, said she’s thankful for the funding assistance.

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“These powerful storms really caused a significant amount of damage in Albert Lea,” Bennett said. “I know the city will find the disaster relief funding very helpful, and I’m pleased the governor took action.”

Bennett said in the release more than $207,000 will be allocated. Nearly $122,000 is dedicated to the city of Albert Lea, while nearly $86,000 is designated for Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services.

The legislature created the Disaster Assistance Contingency Account to avoid calling special sessions to allocate any disaster funding.