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8 Minnesota counties to get federal flood aid

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President Barack Obama has signed off on a federal disaster declaration for parts of Minnesota that were hit by severe floods in June, meaning those areas will receive federal money to help pay for cleanup and repairs.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that eight Minnesota counties have been declared disaster areas: Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock. Others may be added to the list later as new damage estimates come in.

So far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has tallied $37.1 million in damage that is eligible for the federal funds. Here's a breakdown:

– Debris removal: $3.2 million
– Emergency protective measures: $3.7 million
– Roads and bridges $16.1 million
– Water control facilities $5 million
– Buildings and equipment: $721,000
– Utilities: $3.2 million
– Parks, recreational facilities and other facilities: $5.2 million

FEMA will pay 75 percent of these costs, and the state will pay the rest.

This disaster declaration only applies to costs incurred by state and local governments; it doesn't cover damage suffered by private property owners.

The federal government will also give Minnesota another $5 million in emergency transportation money to pay for repairs to flood-damaged roads and bridges.

Gov. Dayton is meeting with flood recovery officials Monday afternoon, according to the Star Tribune.

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