Gov. Dayton Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

Gov. Mark Dayton is requesting federal help for Minnesota communities hit hard by severe storms and flooding between June 15th and July 12th.


Dayton has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a disaster declaration.  That would mean the Federal Emergency Management Agency would fund 75 percent of approved costs.  The state would pay the other 25 percent.


Federal, State and Local Officials conducting damage assessments verified more than $21 million in eligible damages for 29 counties and three tribal nations.


Heavy rainfall, tornadoes, straight-line winds, violent thunderstorms and widespread flooding prompted Dayton to declare a state of emergency in 36 counties and one tribal nation.  A presentation declaration would provide assistance to communities, counties, schools and certain non profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm related damage to public infrastructure.