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State of emergency declared by Dayton for 26 counties

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A state of emergency has been declared for 26 counties in the state by Gov. Mark Dayton in the wake of a series of storms and flash flooding last month, The Associated Press reports.

The declaration is part of a process that allows the state to call for federal disaster assistance in the wake of severe weather that battered roughly one-quarter of the state from June 20 to 26.

The storm damage resulted in thousands of downed trees and flash flooding which cut off electricity for more than a half million people around the state.

State officials asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct preliminary damage assessments earlier this week. The government will not step in unless the cleanup cost exceeds $7.26 million, which state officials expect to happen.

The Insurance Federation of Minnesota has already pinned an overall damage total at an estimated $100 million.

The counties in the state of emergency declaration include Aitkin, Benton, Big Stone, Carver, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Hennepin, Houston, Kandiyhoi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Pope, Renville, Ramsey, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, Winona and Wright.

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