Emergency executive order signed for storm damage relief

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On Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an emergency executive order to declare an emergency caused by a series of severe storms. The declaration is the first step toward getting federal disaster assistance.

KMSP reports the order covers damage caused by severe storms and flash floods that walloped a large section of the state between June 20-26., leaving significant amounts of tree debris behind and damaging large swaths of utility infrastructure systems. More than 600,000 homes and businesses were left without power.

MPR reports that the declaration covers more than two dozen Minnesota counties affected by recent storms, from west central Minnesota to parts of the Twin Cities metro, extending to southern and southeastern counties and Aitkin County in the northeast.

The order means that county, state, and FEMA teams can make damage assessments, which will start on Monday.

Dayton's declaration includes the following counties:

- Aitkin
- Benton
- Big Stone
- Douglas
- Faribault
- Fillmore
- Hennepin
- Houston
- Kandiyohi
- McLeod
- Meeker
- Mille Lacs
- Pine
- Pope
- Renville
- Ramsey
- Sibley
- Stearns
- Stevens
- Swift
- Traverse
- Wilkin
- Winona
- Wright

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