WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate announced today that federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on September 22, 2010 and continuing.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mower, Murray, Olmsted, Pipestone, Rice, Rock, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
FEMA named Lawrence Sommers as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. Sommers said that additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.
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