ST. PAUL— On October 18, State Representative Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) was pleased to co-author and approve a state relief package for the southern Minnesota residents who were devastated by flood damage in last September. Governor Pawlenty had called the Legislature back for a one-day special session in order to deal with the tragedy.
“We watched a powerful and historic flood nearly wipe Zumbro Falls, Hammond, and Jarrett right off the map,” Drazkowski said. “To say flooding has had a disastrous impact on thousands of southern Minnesota residents is an understatement. This is why it was imperative for us to jump-start the recovery process for those who had their homes or businesses damaged or destroyed.”
The $73 million package is dedicated to flood disaster relief in 21 counties – including Wabasha and Goodhue - which have all been declared federal disaster areas. Much of this funding will be used to:
? Provide assistance to home and business owners impacted by the flood
? Replace and rehabilitate damaged bridges and highways
? Remove debris
? Repair and replace storm sewers and wastewater plants
“As we witnessed three years ago, you see the true spirit of Minnesotans displayed during times of tragedy, with neighbors helping neighbors and communities helping communities,” Drazkowski said. “Now that the Legislature has approved this flood relief proposal, I’m hopeful these disaster victims can begin putting their lives back in order.”