Ice Storm Damages Determined 30 Apr 13

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has estimated that southwest Minnesota was hit with more than $26-million in damages during the early April ice storm. Governor Dayton asked the president to declare a major disaster for the state, so that some of those losses could be recouped, writing that “whole communities were effectively shut down for several days, with limited public services and virtually no private amenities.” Five counties were affected by the storm – Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock. Nobles County was hit the hardest, with $16.4-million worth of damage. It will be several weeks before the Obama administration decides whether to declare a disaster.