ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for federal help after heavy flooding in southern Minnesota last month.
Dayton formally asked President Barack Obama to declare the flood damage a major disaster in a letter released Thursday. The storms and subsequent flooding on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 caused an estimated $8.3 million in damage to public infrastructure.READ MORE: Bemidji Police Seek Help Finding Teens Emily Luhm And Zoe Jones
A federal disaster declaration could help cover 75 percent of those public repair costs.READ MORE: 50-Car Train Derails In Albert Lea, Police Ask Public To Avoid Area North Of Hawthorne Street
Dayton previously declared an emergency in 23 Minnesota counties after some areas were hit with more than 10 inches of rain. In his letter to the president Dayton also says he’s concerned about heating issues for residents whose furnaces were submerged in water.MORE NEWS: MN Weather Timeline: Hail Possible In Southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Warm Week Ahead
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