Federal Disaster Declaration Request 27 Apr 13

Governor Dayton is asking for a federal disaster declaration for Minnesota after the ice storm earlier this month that paralyzed the southwest part of the state. Dayton sent a letter to President Barack Obama Friday, requesting federal aid to help the area recover. The estimated damage to infrastructure is over $26-million in five southwestern Minnesota counties: Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock. Ice buildup on trees, towers and power lines caused about 3,000 utility poles to snap and destroyed 170 miles of power lines. Dayton says if the federal aid is quickly approved, the Minnesota Legislature could OK state aid before its May 20th adjournment. US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Tim Walz urged the Obama administration to approve the aid.