Authorities have activated the State Emergency Operations Center to help communities in southwestern and northern Minnesota respond to damage from recent severe storms. The announcement says it’s just a partial activation that requires officials from various agencies to determine whether state resources are needed for the recovery effort. It says no local officials have requested state resources so far.
The City of Minneapolis is offering 500 discounted trees to homeowners who lost trees during the severe storm on June 21.
According to city officials, $25 trees will be available to order starting on Monday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. The sale will last until Sept 20, or earlier if the trees sell out. Six tree species will be available: hackberry, harvest gold linden, heritage oak (English oak and bur oak cross), heritage river birch, Honeycrisp apple and royal star magnolia.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a major federal disaster declaration for 18 Minnesota counties hit by flash flooding and severe storms in June.
Officials in St. Cloud said Friday they’re assessing damage around the city after overnight severe weather hit the area hard. City officials said Friday so far no injuries or fatalities have been reported. Officials said there are several trees down throughout the city.
Just as fast as it came to town, Saturday’s severe weather was gone. Before it left, however, it caused some concern for people living in the southwest metro.