Federal Aid For Storms Sought 03 Jul 13

Minnesota is asking for federal aid after the round of severe storms that blew through the state last month, tearing down trees and cutting power to more than 600,000 homes. Disaster recovery experts estimate that the cleanup costs from the June 20th and June 21st storms could exceed the minimum of $7.26-million to be considered for federal funding. The damage to public infrastructure could cost as much as $12-million. Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will arrive in Minnesota next week to begin assessing damage in more than a dozen counties. Sibley County is among those that declared a State of Emergency after receiving more than 7-inches of rain in the 2 days, causing flash flooding in some locations.