Officials are conducting preliminary storm damage assessments in Minnesota this week, including in Sibley County. Emergency Management officials, along with FEMA and local officials, are assessing the damage to public infrastructure and certain not-for-profit organizations following severe storms and flash flooding in June. The preliminary damage assessment is the first step in determining if Governor Dayton will make a request for a presidential declaration of disaster. That declaration request would then initiate the public assistance programs which provide federal funds for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and other infrastructure. A public meeting will be held at 1pm today (THU) at the Sibley County Courthouse in Gaylord concerning the storm damage assessments.