Freeborn County qualifies as disaster area for federal money


After a round of storms swept across Minnesota for most of the end of June, at least one county, Freeborn, appears to have met the threshold for federal money.

Representatives from the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were on hand to hear damage estimates from local officials Thursday, the Albert Lea Tribune reports.

So far 26 Minnesota counties have been declared disaster areas by Gov. Mark Dayton, and total damage must meet a $7.2 million threshold for federal relief.

Though the actual dollar estimate of damage was not available for the county as a whole, it appears Freeborn County has met a threshold for a potential disaster declaration, Freeborn County Emergency Management Director Rich Hall tells the Trib.

The threshold, based on population, is about $108,000 for the county, according to the Austin Herald. It appears that Freeborn has damaged that exceeds that.

The Herald reports that Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and 1st District House Rep. Tim Walz were also on hand to hear concerns.

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