In a swift, focused special session held on Tuesday, September 11, the Minnesota Legislature overwhelmingly approved a disaster relief package to help flood-ravaged southeastern Minnesota communities and residents.
The August 18 – 19 flooding caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public properties in the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha and Winona. Thousands of homes and businesses sustained damage or were destroyed. And tragically, seven lives were lost.
Help is now on the way to our fellow Minnesotans in these communities in the form of $157 million in disaster relief. This money will go toward road and bridge repair, public infrastructure projects, grants and loans to small businesses, low-interest loans to homeowners, property tax abatements, historic site clean up and repair, school clean-up, and flood enrollment impact aid for area schools.
The legislation also provided disaster relief to other parts of our state, including funds for drought-stricken farmers, flood relief for Browns Valley and Crookston, and forest fire damage in Cook County.
This coordinated effort by legislators, the Governor, and officials and residents of the affected counties highlighted Minnesota government at its best—coming together promptly to help our neighbors in times of need.
Rep. Lyn Carlson