Skip to main content

Walz authorizes aid for counties affected by summer floods

The aid will support five counties and cover 75% of damage costs.

Gov. Tim Walz has authorized emergency assistance for southern Minnesota counties affected by heavy rains and flooding over the summer.

Walz authorized the assistance Monday, including $1.4 million to cover damages sustained from the summer storms. The money will cover around 75% of damages, while individual counties will be responsible for remaining costs.

Storms in late June and early July caused flooding, mudslides and significant infrastructure damage in Kittson, Le Sueur, Morrison, Renville and Washington counties. 

Among the damaged areas were the Mississippi River banks near the historic Charles Lindbergh House and museum and the Morrison County Historical Society, both in Little Falls. Little Falls received more than nine inches of rain over a short period of time. 

“When the unexpected happens, we come together as One Minnesota to support our neighbors,” Walz said in a statement. “We will work closely with these counties to ensure they have the resources and support they need to recover in the wake of these floods.”

Flooding and mudslides in southern Minnesota also caused multiple highway closures in late June, including in Sibley and Le Sueur counties. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 4.32.08 PM

State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'

The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.

BrillyCarchiGoFundMe

Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash

The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.

police lights

Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments

Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 1.18.29 PM

Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney

Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.

ArrowheadRace

Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures

The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 9.31.03 AM

Old Navy closes Eagan store

There's another change in store for the popular Eagan strip mall.

Related

Gov. Tim Walz

As Delta variant spreads, Walz discusses masking, emergencies, and back-to-school

Vaccination rates vary across the state, but many counties are under 50%.

Feds approve disaster aid for NE Minnesota flood damage

The disaster declaration for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations devastated by flooding in northeastern Minnesota last month was approved Friday by the federal government. The $108 million in aid only covers damage to public infrastructure.

Governor Tim Walz

Report: Walz could halt reopenings again if COVID-19 spikes

Statewide restrictions are due to ease up on Monday.

mask

Walz launches 'homemade mask drive' to help congregate living facilities

He's calling on "crafters, sewers, and creatives" for help.

9 Minnesota counties will get federal money to pay for flooding damage

The September storms caused millions of dollars worth of damage in southern Minnesota.

covid, vaccine

Faribault, Martin counties struggle to fill vaccine appointments

The counties have opened up appointments to nonresidents.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Walz's order makes it easier for attorney general to investigate COVID-19 violations

The order gives the attorney general, county attorneys and city attorneys the ability to investigate violations and recoup costs.