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$5M in federal highway funds for flood-damaged Minnesota roads

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation said Minnesota will receive up to $5 million in “quick release” emergency relief funds to help fix the state’s flood-damaged roads.

Gov. Mark Dayton has visited several communities in the past few weeks and reached out to the Federal Highway Administration this week requesting additional help to repair flood-damaged Minnesota roads. He has expanded the state’s peacetime state of emergency to include 16 additional counties – bringing the total counties impacted to 51.

Funds will reimburse the state for emergency repair work done to address damages that have washed through Minnesota since June 11, and will supplement $750,000 in federal transportation funds the state received on June 23.

DAYTON REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION

Dayton also requested President Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota. If granted, the declaration would provide assistance to townships, cities, counties, schools, and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.

As of Wednesday, $10.8 million in eligible damages have been documented through preliminary damage assessments in Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock counties. The FEMA threshold for federal assistance is $7.3 million in statewide eligible damages. Once all preliminary damage assessments are complete, Dayton said he will formally request FEMA designate assistance for all additional counties and tribal governments that exceed their threshold.

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If the president declares a major disaster, FEMA would fund 75 percent of approved costs. Under legislation signed by Gov. Dayton this year, the state will pay the 25 percent non-federal share.


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