Dayton, back in Duluth, will ask Obama for $108 million in flood aid

Gov. Mark Dayton returned to Duluth Friday and said he’ll ask the President for a disaster declaration totaling $108 million for 13 counties affected by last week’s historic flooding.

Dana Thayer of Fox21 News in Duluth reports that Dayton expects the aid to be approved, as the region works to recover.

FEMA officials have been assessing the situation this week, and Dayton is discussing the process for federal assistance in the cleanup and repair.

The governor met with Lt. Gov. Yvonne  Prettner Solon, Duluth Duluth Mayor Don Ness, cabinet members, legislators and others at the Public Safety Building in Duluth.

Thayer also reports that although most of Duluth is accessible and open for business, the tourism industry is suffering and lost $3 million last week because many think the city is still underwater.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas reports that Weather Decision Technologies has determined the Duluth event was a “1 In 500 Year Flood.”

At Glensheen, the historic Congdon Mansion, Museum Shop Director Barbara Boo reports: “Glensheen lost a part of the front brick wall and fencing but nothing else was damaged. The grounds right now look beautiful and so do the gardens. Tell all your friends to come tour Duluth and Glensheen.”

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