As you have likely heard, yesterday the Governor submitted a letter to the President for his consideration in declaring our region a federal disaster. The letter included 21 counties for public infrastructure (roads, bridges, city water and sewer) disaster support and 11 counties for individual assistance (homes and businesses) support. Both Wabasha and Goodhue Counties are included in both of those lists. You can read the Governor's press release here:
The 14-page letter itself is available for download and reading/printing here:
We can expect to hear from the federal government any day now, regarding the issuance of the federal disaster and the types of disaster aid categories included in the declaration. Upon receiving the federal disaster declaration, expect to see FEMA workers and federal disaster recovery centers in the region within a day or so of the announcement.
The special session of the legislature will be called by the Governor sometime soon after the federal declaration is issued.
I spent this afternoon volunteering and cleaning up the community of Zumbro Falls. The athletic fields were wrought with trash from the flood and many homes received help today. If you were not flooded, I urge you to volunteer and bring your neighbors with you. There is still a lot of work to do and more volunteers are needed throughout western Wabasha County. Call the volunteer hotline at 800-543-7709 or simply stop at the Lions Park in Mazeppa, right on highway 61, between 9 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to volunteer. The bus will take volunteers to the areas that need help, including Hammond, Zumbro Falls, Jarrett, Ryan's Bay, and other areas of need.
Flooded families, please check out the Minnesota Recovers website:
Please continue to keep our flood-affected neighbors in your prayers.