President Obama declares disaster for Ottertail, Wadena Counties
The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate announced that federal aid has been made available to the state of Minnesota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of June 17-26.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Steele and Wadena Counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Lawrence Sommers has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Sommers said that additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.