District 10B was spared from the most severe damage caused by the fierce storms that rolled in on Sunday, but people right next door were much less fortunate, as they sustained a direct hit.
High winds uprooted trees, damaged homes and businesses and left many without electrical power for days. The recovery effort is ongoing and making good progress.
Crow Wing Power, along with a group of assisting electric power company crews are working hard to rebuild the huge amount of electrical distribution lines that were destroyed by the storm. County, city and township crews, with assistance of many private crews, continue to remove the large number of downed trees. They have done an excellent job in making sure that restoration of emergency fire and medical access was given the highest priority.
I, along with other legislators from the area, have formally invited Gov. Mark Dayton to tour the Brainerd Lakes area to get a look at the destruction. He intends to visit the area Friday. A firsthand look will be helpful as we consider options to provide relief to storm victims.
Damage estimates are being compiled to assist in determining what level of emergency aid may be warranted. We can all be thankful that despite the severe property damage, no one was seriously injured during the storm. I will pass along more information as it becomes available as we work to recover. In the meantime, I welcome citizens to contact me if they need assistance of any kind by emailing email@example.com or by calling (651) 296-2365.