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Legislators check Faribault flooding before special session

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher was in Fairbault this week checking firsthand on flooding problems before the Legislature goes into special session to fund emergency relief.

Kelliher and Rep. Patti Fritz of Faribault met with city officials and learned that the flood caused at least $10 million in damage to private businesses, along with at least $750,000 in damages to public infrastructure, said the Faribault Daily News.

The special session is scheduled for Monday, if Washington officials declare a federal disaster declaration in time.

Kelliher said that despite the projected state deficit of nearly $6 billion, there should be enough money for flood relief.

“It appears right now that there is enough cash flow to cover the emergency. We received a whole bunch of federal dollars through [health care] funding that Congress passed at the end of August. Normally that would help us balance the budget for next year, but we have $100 to $150 million to work with,” Kelliher said.

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