Although the federal government said no, Dakota County will get disaster aid to help with severe storms and flooding earlier this year. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday directed Minnesota emergency management director Kris Eide (EYE’-dee) to provide state aid to Dakota County under the State Public Disaster Assistance Fund.
Severe storms rolled through parts of the state Wednesday morning. The worst weather hit Wright County with damaging winds and large hail. For farmers there, the storm was devastating. Piles of hail up to a foot deep is an incredible sight to a meteorologist, but it’s a sight that farmers in Waverly, Minn. hope to never see, especially at harvest time.
Hennepin and Ramsey counties have now been added to a presidential disaster declaration for damage from flooding and severe storms this summer. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office says adding the two counties means 37 counties and three tribal governments are now eligible to receive federal and state aid to recover from damage to public infrastructure. Dakota County is still assessing its damages.
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.