WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s federal disaster declaration for spring flooding has been expanded to cover 13 more Minnesota counties and the Red Lake Tribal Nation.
The declaration frees up federal funds to cover cleanup, repair and replacement costs in these counties: Becker, Beltrami, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Ramsey, Red Lake, Roseau, Swift, Washington and Wright, and the Red Lake Tribal Nation.
The declaration means the federal government, through FEMA, will pay for 75 percent of approved repairs and replacements in the disaster areas. Funds will also be available for “hazard mitigation” efforts to help prevent damage from flooding in the future.
Counties covered by the original disaster declaration include: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Grant, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lyon, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.
Devin Henry is an intern in MinnPost’s Washington Bureau. He can be reached at email@example.com.