Months after the floods, one of the communities that saw some of the worst damage has a lot of cleanup and repairs to do. Heavy rain washed out major roads, triggered mudslides and flooded homes in the town of Blakeley, which is about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities.
The federal government has released $4.25 million to help repair flood-damaged roads in Minnesota. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Thursday that the emergency relief funds would be available immediately from the Federal Highway Administration.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a federal disaster declaration for Minnesota after an ice storm paralyzed the southwest part of the state.
Most Minnesota farmers escaped the worst of the drought, but those who didn’t are eligible for federal loans to help cover crop and livestock losses.
With a one-page letter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency told residents of Duluth with flood damaged homes that they’d have to find help elsewhere. The federal government will not be helping them rebuild their homes.
Minnesota has appealed the federal government’s denial of disaster aid for homeowners, renters and businesses dealing with damage from last month’s Minneapolis tornado.
Minnesota Rep. John Kline says he’s concerned the U.S. Department of Education is moving forward with its crackdown on the country’s for-profit schools to protect students from taking on too much debt to attend schools that don’t help their job prospects.
State aid is expected to help La Crosse recover from the tornado that ravaged the city’s south side Sunday. But a La Crosse County emergency government official says the destruction is unlikely to reach the threshold for federal disaster aid.
On Monday, Michele spoke with Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies for the Brookings Institute about a study that says one in six Americans receive direct aid from the federal government…