Federal Disaster Aid Available After Minn. Storms

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Federal disaster aid is available for state and local governments following last month’s string of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.

The money will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s Public Assistance program pays 75 percent of the cost for eligible work, which can include debris removal and infrastructure repair.

State and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, are eligible to apply.

Officials with FEMA and the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management will hold a series of briefings between Monday and Wednesday to assist in the application process.

The briefings will be in Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Stearns and Yellow Medicine counties.

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