Governor Mark Dayton has extended the State of Emergency for 35 Minnesota counties affected by flooding and other damage caused by the recent storms. The 30-day extension allows the state to keep Minnesota National Guard troops deployed to various communities across the state that have been impacted by the storms. The affected counties will likely qualify for several funding resources, but it’s a slow moving disaster and it could take some time to get the financial help to those that need it. The majority of the counties in the KNUJ listening area are included in the State of Emergency declaration.
Governor Dayton says he’s unsure whether he’ll need to call a special legislative session to approve state aid to flood damaged communities. Dayton and other members of the state executive council met briefly Monday to extend the state of emergency declaration for 35 counties for another 30 days. Afterward, the governor said the situation is still unfolding as some river levels continue to rise. Dayton says he expects a new $3-million disaster assistance account will be exhausted, but says he views a special session is a “last recourse.” He says he’s still committed to getting help to communities, farmers, business and families as quickly as possible. The Minnesota River in New Ulm has apparently crested at this time.