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October 30, 2014

State gets another $5M for road, bridge repair following flooding

Minnesota received another $5 million in federal funding to repair roads and bridges damaged by this summer’s historic flooding.

The money comes from the Federal Highway Administration, Gov. Mark Dayton’s office announced in a press release, bringing the total amount of aid from the agency to $10 million.

The state was given about $5 million in “quick release” emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration last month.

Just a week ago, federal officials added two dozen more counties and two tribal governments to the list of areas eligible to receive disaster assistance – bringing the total number of counties now included in the state’s disaster declaration to 32.

Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Kris Eide requested that FEMA add 30 counties to the disaster declaration. But officials said in a press release that six of those counties – Dakota, Hennepin, Lyon, Ramsey, Watonwan, and Wright – are still under review for assistance.

Counties that are covered by the declaration will receive federal money to cover 75 percent of the cost of storm cleanup and repairs, including: debris removal; emergency protective services; repair or replacement of storm-damaged roads, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, municipal utilities, parks and recreational facilities. The state is responsible for the other 25 percent.

The federal money does not cover damage done to private property.

Repairs, meanwhile, continue. KARE 11 reporter Boyd Huppert tweeted this photo Friday morning: