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Dayton to Obama: Thanks for the flood help in 35 counties, but what about the rest?

Three Minnesota counties — Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota — were among those hard hit by storm and flood damage in June, but haven’t yet received approval for federal assistance.

Not cool, Gov. Mark Dayton says in a letter to President Obama.

In a letter sent Friday, Dayton thanks the president for the “swift Presidential Disaster Declaration for 32 Minnesota counties” and notes that three more have now met the damage indicators needed to include them in the declaration.

But, says Dayton: “… we are concerned that FEMA has not finalized damage assessments in the three largest counties: Dakota, Ramsey and Hennepin. These counties sustained significant damage during this summer’s historic flooding.

“Our experienced Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff have identified damage, which FEMA disputes.”

The letter concludes: “Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Mark Dayton, Governor.”

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