BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Four months after President Obama issued a Presidential disaster declaration, officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have completed their work in Houston County. Since a mid-June storm and tornado caused damage in Houston County, federal officials have been working in partnership with officials from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to help communities rebuild.
In Houston County, FEMA has obligated more than $1.2 million in federal funding. The largest project FEMA funded was repair to Christianson Hill Road in Money Creek Township, where flooding eroded the embankment and forced closure of the road.
“While we have completed most of our public assistance work in Houston County, FEMA continues to work in Minnesota helping communities recover and preparing communities for the next disaster,” said Larry Sommers, federal coordinating officer. “We’ve made sure communities know that though the majority of our work is complete, FEMA is just a phone call away for communities who need guidance.”
FEMA’s Public Assistance program, FEMA funds at least 75 percent of the cost of eligible work by local governments and some private non-profits.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.