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Monday, January 26, 2015
News Release
Rep. Swedzinski Releases Statement on Passage of Bill that Offers Statewide Flood Assistance Relief, including Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Lac Qui Parle, and Redwood Counties
St. Paul, MN- A bill that will provide $17 million dollars for recovery efforts in the wake of last summer’s flooding passed the House today. Senate File 1 cancels previously enacted but unspent dollars from past natural disaster bills in 2011 and 2012 and includes $2.2 million in new spending. Funding for cleanup efforts in Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Lac Qui Parle, and Redwood Counties are included in the package.

“It was extremely important that we were able to pass this bill in a timely manner in order to see that those in Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Lac Qui Parle, and Redwood Counties as well as communities around the state, that were affected by last year’s floods, are able to receive the aid that they need to continue the cleanup effort,” said Swedzinski. “I am pleased that the Senate passed this bill late last week and that it will be heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature sometime in the coming days.”

The package includes $13 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency match, as well as smaller appropriations for disaster spending by the Department of Transportation ($3 million) and the Board of Water and Soil Resources ($2.5 million). It also provides around $5 million for state-only disaster relief spending through the state’s recently created natural disaster contingency fund.

This relief is in response to statewide flooding which occurred last June and July, eliciting a federal disaster declaration. It covers 47 counties and three tribal governments.