The Otter Tail River as high as I can recall in all the years I’ve lived here, homes have suffered water damage and farm fields are flooded.
Fortunately, help is available to help us deal with all this water.
June’s historic rainfall has caused an unexpected crisis in areas throughout the state, including ours. Otter Tail County is one of 35 counties included in a State of Emergency listing. This Executive Order issued by Gov. Mark Dayton makes a wide range of state resources available and engages state agencies. More information, including situation reports, state agency activity, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management updates is available at the Emergency operations website.
I also encourage citizens who have been impacted by flooding to contact the Department of Commerce’s Disaster Center. They can answer questions about insurance, consumer protection and work with your insurer to settle a claim. Click here for more information or call (800) 657-3602.
The other counties in the State of Emergency include: Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd and Waseca.
Legislation we recently passed makes $3 million available for emergency assistance in cases such as this without a special legislative session being called to order. Still, there could be a special session if more aid is deemed necessary. Let’s hope for a dry stretch of weather as we work to recover.