Governor Pawlenty Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For Southern Minnesota

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In a letter to President Obama today, Governor Tim Pawlenty requested a federal disaster declaration for the State of Minnesota as a result of flooding caused by severe storms that began on Sept. 22 in the southern part of the state. Preliminary assessments indicate a total of $64.1 million in damage, $44.9 million of which was to public infrastructure.

The Governor is requesting federal individual assistance for Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Goodhue, Martin, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Watonwan counties. The Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program (IHP) helps homeowners and renters affected by a disaster with housing needs and necessary expenses.

“When disaster strikes in Minnesota, neighbors help neighbors,” Governor Pawlenty said in a press release. “In the same way, all levels of government are working together to help communities recover and rebuild. I’m hopeful the federal government will act quickly to help Minnesota communities with the recovery process before winter is upon us.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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