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ST. PAUL – Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said he was pleased members of the Minnesota House and Senate were able to approve a flood relief proposal that will bring needed resources to southeastern Minnesota. Gunther voted in favor of the bill during a special session that was held on September 11.
“For the families and business owners in southeastern Minnesota this is extremely important legislation, and I was pleased to help approve it,” Gunther said.
The nearly $150 million package is mainly dedicated to flood disaster relief in seven counties that have all been declared federal disaster areas.
Some details of the flood recovery legislation include:
• A property tax abatement for home and business owners who suffered severe damage to their property,
• State aid for residents whose homes suffered severe damage or were destroyed by flooding,
• Funding to rebuild damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure,
• Money to help cleanup properties contaminated by flood-related petroleum spills.
The legislation also includes funding for Browns Valley and Crookston, which had previously received flood damage, and parts of Cook County, where wildfires caused damage.
The Interstate 35W bridge collapse was also addressed in the funding bill.
“As part of the proposal, Minnesota dedicated $2 million for the I-35W bridge in order to access nearly $57 million in funds that have been allocated for that project at the federal level,” Gunther concluded.
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