Minnesota Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes (DR-1419)

Incident period: June 9, 2002 to June 28, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 14, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 2, 2002
News Release
Moorhead, MN -- Volunteer attorneys are providing free, disaster-related legal assistance to individuals affected by the June 9-28 floods. The service, coordinated through the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is available by calling 1-800-467-0385 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
July 1, 2002
News Release
Moorhead, MN -- Clearwater County has been added to the federal disaster declaration for recovery assistance, bringing the total number of counties qualifying for federal help to fourteen. Federal assistance for Kittson County has been expanded to include help for infrastructure; Becker County has been expanded to include individual assistance.
July 1, 2002
News Release
Moorhead, MN -- Individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the flooding that began June 9 may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.
July 1, 2002
News Release
Moorhead, MN -- Federal and state disaster recovery officials are advising residents in flooded areas to have septic systems and wells checked for safety. Floodwaters can cause septic tanks to fill and overflow resulting in possible health risks and environmental problems. "Septic systems won't work until ground water is below the distribution lines," said Patricia Bloomgren, Minnesota Director of Environmental Health. "Since flood waters are receding, now is a good time to make sure septic tanks are working properly.
June 29, 2002
News Release
Moorhead, MN -- Residents and businesses that suffered damage from the recent floods in Northern Minnesota and have called the FEMA teleregistration number (1-800-621-FEMA) may have received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). State and federal officials urge recipients to complete the application and return it promptly. The application is the key for entry to several assistance programs offered by the SBA, FEMA and the State of Minnesota. Don't delay completing and returning the application; it may hamper access to recovery programs.
June 28, 2002
News Release
Moorhead, MN -- Families and individuals in declared counties who have suffered from the floods beginning June 9 are quickly receiving assistance from federal, state, local and voluntary agencies. These agencies are working in partnership to speed help to Minnesota residents.

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