Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1569)

Incident period: September 14, 2004 to September 27, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 7, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 25, 2004
News Release
OWATONNA, Minn. -- As the mid-September deluge of rain in southeastern Minnesota proved, homes can get flooded in areas that have never been flooded before. Floods can happen anywhere. Buying flood insurance is the best thing you can do to protect your home, business, family and financial security.
October 20, 2004
News Release
OWATONNA, Minn. -- If your home was affected in the recent flooding it could be harboring mold. “Mold is a significant problem after flooding and proper cleanup is critical to ensure it doesn’t affect your or your family’s health,” Kathy Norlien, environmental research scientist at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), said. “Anything that's been in contact with flood water is potentially contaminated, and people need to proceed on that assumption. It's important to clean potentially contaminated materials — and get them dried out — as quickly as possible."
October 19, 2004
News Release
OWATONNA, Minn. -- When disaster strikes, businesses can be impacted, too, as many business owners experienced in September’s flooding event in south central Minnesota. In Austin alone, 80 businesses were damaged. Floodwaters swept into some buildings leaving five feet of standing water. Floods, and other disasters, can severely damage buildings, ruin inventory and destroy records. Yet, orders still must be filled and payrolls met.
October 15, 2004
News Release
OWATONNA -- In the one week since President Bush issued a disaster declaration on October 7, already $1,243,558 in grants has been approved to assist flood-stricken residents in south central Minnesota, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
October 13, 2004
News Release
OWATONNA, Minn. -- To help meet the ongoing needs of Minnesota’s severe storms and flooding victims, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) are opening Disaster Recovery Centers beginning Thursday, October 14 in the disaster affected areas. The centers provide a single location where people are able to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists.
October 11, 2004
News Release
OWATONNA, Minn. -- Federal disaster assistance programs come in several forms. For short-term emergency needs, assistance comes in the form of disaster grants for immediate housing requirements, emergency repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. These programs are meant to help people begin their recovery; they are not designed to return people’s lives to their pre-disaster conditions.


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