(AP & WCCO AM) Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Friday he’ll spend most of the day touring flood damage in Minnesota and talking with local officials.
Once he’s done with his WCCO Radio show “Good Morning Minnesota”, Pawlenty plans to board a helicopter or plane and visit the waterlogged communities of Truman, Pine Island and Owatonna.
Speaking to Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Friday, Pawlenty says he hopes to be briefed by community leaders on what is needed to recover from the heavy rain and flooding. The governor says he may get an estimate of preliminary damage costs.
On Thursday, Pawlenty declared a state of emergency in Minnesota, which releases state assistance to local governments dealing with the floods.