The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) division has officially requested a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) joint preliminary damage assessment (PDA).

·         Since June 9, 36 Minnesota counties and one tribal nation have sustained extensive damage from a continuous series of severe storms and heavy rains, flooding and damaging winds.  

·         HSEM has requested the joint federal-state-local PDA to begin on July 19, since floodwaters are still high in several communities and counties will need time to prepare.

·         Representatives from FEMA, HSEM and affected counties will review the damages sustained to public property and infrastructure in to determine if they are eligible for disaster assistance.

·         Additional counties and tribes could be included in the PDA as conditions warrant.

Governor Mark Dayton declared a peacetime state of emergency on July 5 in response to significant flooding and other severe weather damages in 36 counties and one tribal nation. 

-KEYC News 12