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Disaster recovery resources available for residents affected by severe storms

Thursday, July 12, 2018


ST. PAUL, MN - State Senator Gary Dahms [R-Redwood Falls], Representative Chris Swedzinski [R-Ghent), and Representative Paul Torkelson [R-Hanska] want residents of southwestern Minnesota to know that there are several state resources available to residents impacted by recent severe storms. The recent torrential rains, flash flooding, and tornadoes led Governor Dayton to declare a state of emergency in 36 Minnesota counties, including Brown, Lyon, Redwood and Renville in District 16.

“My heart goes out to our southwestern Minnesota communities devastated by the recent storms,” said Senator Dahms. “However, there is no question the neighborhoods and communities in our region will rise up together and overcome our collective adversity. We are not alone in this endeavor; resources in Saint Paul stand ready to lend a helping hand toward recovery. It is important for everyone to know what resources are available and how to access them.”

"People in our area are more than willing to lend a hand to friends and neighbors and assist with on-the-ground recovery efforts but, at some point, finances can play a major factor when natural disasters such as flooding occur," Rep. Swedzinski said. "That is why the state offers programs such as these and I hope people will take a look at what is available and take advantage of assistance that can help in this process. My door also always is open if constituents are looking for some direction."

As private property will be the most difficult to get help to fix, anyone with property issues from the flood waters – even if minor – should be sure to report it to their local emergency personnel.

Emergency Management Region 5 (Southwest)

Program Coordinator: Mark Marcy, (612) 619-6115

Brown County Emergency Management

14 South State, P.O. Box 248, New Ulm

Phone: (507) 233-6644

Laine Sletta, Director


Robert Santaella, Assistant Director
Phone: (507) 233-6642

Lyon County Emergency Management

611 West Main, Box 28, Marshall

Phone: (507) 929-6615

Tammy Van Overbeke, Director


Mark Mather, Deputy Director


Redwood County Emergency Management

303 E Third Street, Redwood Falls

Phone: (507) 637-4035

Jim Sandgren, Director


Renville County Emergency Management

105 So. 5th Street, Suite 210, Olivia


Phone: (320) 523-3838


Mike Hennen, Director



The governor’s emergency declaration directs state agencies to help with recovery and requests the Federal Emergency Management Association to conduct a preliminary damage assessment. If that assessment finds more than $7.7 million in damage, Minnesota will be eligible for a federal disaster declaration.