BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Federal disaster assistance has been extended to state and local government agencies in six more counties and a tribal community that sustained infrastructure damage during this spring’s flooding, according to state and federal officials.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced that Cottonwood, McLeod, Pennington, Ramsey, Red Lake and Stevens counties, as well as the Prairie Island Indian Community, are now eligible for Public Assistance (PA).
Under the federal PA program, state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible for federal reimbursement for certain costs related to flooding from March 1 through April 26.
FEMA will fund 75 percent of the approved cost. Eligible work includes debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities such as roads, bridges, buildings, utilities and recreation areas.
The original 18 counties and one tribal community designated in the April 19 major disaster declaration are Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Kittson, Lac Qui Parle, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine counties and the Upper Sioux Community.
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