tornado damage1 Officials Assessing Storm Damage

Teams of local, state and federal officials are beginning to tour parts of Minnesota to assess the damage left behind by last week’s tornadoes.

The teams plan to conduct preliminary damage assessments in seven counties on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The preliminary assessments will give a sense of the scope of the damage, and help Gov. Tim Pawlenty determine whether he’ll request a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.

Officials from the state’s division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and local officials will take part in the tour.

The teams will visit Faribault, Freeborn, Olmstead, Otter Tail, Polk, Steele and Wadena counties.

The series of storms that hit the state Thursday killed three people and injured dozens more.


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