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Top elected officials take flood tour to southwestern Minnesota

Gov. Dayton, along with U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz will lead a group checking out flood damage in Edgerton and Luverne.

Minnesota’s top elected officials will fly to southwestern Minnesota this morning to check out storm and flood damage to homes and farms.

Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz are scheduled to assess damage in the Edgerton and Luverne areas, and talk with local officials about government assistance with cleanup and repairs.

Officials estimate that 40 percent of Luverne residents have been affected, and that 100,000 acres of Rock County farmland are covered by water.

Dayton already has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties around the state, including those being visited, following heavy rains that have filled rivers and creeks to overflowing and covered many farm fields.

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Also on the trip are State Emergency Management Director Kris Eide and Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson.

The group’s travel schedule:

  • 8 a.m. Dayton, Klobuchar and Franken meet the media at Holman Field in St. Paul before heading out.
  • 10 a.m.  Joined by Walz, they’ll meet local officials and emergency managers at Edgerton City Hall.
  • 11:45 a.m.  They’ll drive to Luverne, looking at damage along the way, then meet local officials at the Rock County Sherriff’s Office.