ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Minnesota because of March storms and flooding.

Obama on Tuesday ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the disaster area.

Federal money is available to state and eligible local governments — and certain private nonprofits — on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

Those counties are Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Grant, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lyon, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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Comments (14)
  1. tuna-free dolphin says:

    I declare Obama a disaster. Disaster relief is coming. 2012.

    1. Steve says:

      I declare you brain dead…Obama just killed the world’s numero uno terrorist…game…set…match…

      1. tuna-free dolphin says:

        Nice try bud. Obama’s part in that amounts to a nod when Bush’s guys finally found him and they said “should we?” He gets as much credit for that as he I do. He’s livin’ in the house that Bush built. He should be paying rent to W.

    2. Alert U says:

      Yes smarty pants. Here is a good idea. America should not accept big government money until 2013 when your hopefully TEA/GOP president is in power. Then do like Walker, Snyder and the rest of the RED Governors and show em what big government spending is all about. Yes smarty pants. You ought to petition to suspend FEMA and all big government spending assistance until a TEA/GOP president comes along and tell you its okay to spend taxation money now. It just feels better when a republican spends big government dollars; doesn’t it?

  2. Bill says:

    When George W. Bush came into office, there was no deficit. When he left there was nearly a trillion dollar deficit. When Ronald Reagan came into office, there was no deficit, when he left there was an over 200 billion deficit. When George H. Bush came into office, there was not deficit, but when he left there was an over 250 billion dollar deficit. When Bill Clinton came into office, he was faced with the Bush’s father’s deficit, but when he left there was over a 200 billion dollar surplus. When Tim Pawlenty came into office, there was no great deficit. Now there is. Anyone who thinks they can ask for more: better schools, better roads, better police departments, better parks, etc., etc. and never have a raise in taxes has his head buried in the sand. The whole history of our economy tells us that ordinary Americans have actually faired much better in times of raised taxes. If George H. Bush hadn’t raised taxes in spite of his “read my lips” promise, there would have been a terrible recession. Funny thing is, actually not at all funny, those who complain the most about taxes have the most in America. Such patriotism!

    1. JB says:

      Bill, I am really trying to follow your logic and it really is amazing. When every republican you mentioned took office, taxes were at highs and every leading indicator said we were heading down (read that as democrats over comitted tax dollars). Then over the next two years the indicators turned as did all those indicators. Then another democrat took over and within one term the indicators were turning down with the former upward trend in the budget. Apepars to me that you perfectly argued the conservatives point. As for patriotism, what about all those democrats paying 10K per couple to listen to VP Joe Biden swear up a blue streak? Why are they not paying in more if they can afford 10K a plate to listen to silver lips Joe?

      1. CommonSense says:

        JB, you really are an idiot

        1. tuna-free dolphin says:

          Why don’t you just grow up, booger face.

  3. Stand up!! says:

    Okay Tea Partiers, here’s your chance to walk the walk. If you follow the Pawlentys, Bachmans, Palins, Hannitys and Becks of the world AND you have been a victim of the flooding – DON’T TAKE ONE PENNY OF DISASTER RELIEF FROM THE BIG, BAD FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

    Hold it, Timmy Pawlenty DID take federal stimulus money after railing against it for weeks.


  4. Valerie says:

    NO JB DUMMY- Democrats left office after taking care of deficits THEY inherited from the Republicans & putting the country in very good standing till the NEXT Republicans came into office.

    1. dan says:

      So Valerie,

      Explain to me how Osama is going to get us out of the 15 Trillion dollar deficit he will have racked up by 2012? Remember, this was only 5 Trillion in 2008.
      The deficit has tripled in the past 2 1/2 years. I guess this is a Republican problem again in your eyes. Dont worry though, just keep raising taxes and you might catch up. Even if we triple the tax rates, we cant keep up to DFL spending

      1. CommonSense says:

        At the end of 2008, the debt was already over 10 trillion. Do you just outright lie to make your point stronger or are you really that stupid?

  5. Ali says:

    I think everyone who got flooded should get a lifetime pension. I think everyone should get a lifetime pension from the goverment that is equal to their last pay check even if they worked in a private company. The government shuld give everyone a car and a house. We should all vote for this right now. We should also get free food and free medical care. Why should any of us work at all.

  6. Jeffrey says:

    how many years in a row will the Federal Gov. bail these people out? It’s like building a house on a RR track knowing the train is on the way. Bail them out once, give the option to move away from this known flood area. and stop wasting money. This has gotten way out of hand !