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Published April 03 2010

Minnesota flood damage tops $14 million

ST. PAUL – The preliminary assessment of damage caused by spring flooding in Minnesota is $14.7 million, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Teams from Homeland Security and FEMA met with officials from 23 Minnesota counties, reviewed the cost of flood preparations and inspected damage to public infrastructure as part of the assessment, according to a news release.

The information was submitted to FEMA on Friday and will be used to determine whether a federal disaster should be declared for Minnesota. Based on FEMA’s criteria, the threshold to qualify for a disaster is $6.4 for Minnesota.

If the state receives a major disaster declaration, the federal government will pay 75 percent of the cost for protective measures, damage to public infrastructure and the cost of cleanup from spring flooding.