Dayton, Walz and Rosen Tour Flooded Areas
JACKSON, MN - Governor Mark Dayton reacted to what he saw throughout the southwestern part of the state: "The magnitude of the water, is just something. I've never seen anything like it."
Dayton along with Congressman Tim Walz and State Senator Julie Rosen toured several cities stricken by flooding over the past month, to get a better idea of the scope of the disaster.
Congressman Tim Walz said: "It's important for me to be able to accurately articulate to FEMA and the federal government and should it be a request from Governor Dayton to President Trump or a disaster declaration we want to make sure we have all the data."
Their second stop was in Jackson, where the Des Moines River is at record levels, near the tops of bridges, and flooding out roads. Some businesses are still being protected by sandbags.
Governor Dayton thinks the legislature should give another look to funding more infrastructure projects.
"In the legislature, we had a good cooperative effort over the last few years to fund water infrastructure projects, both for incoming water and waste water treatment. It's just that once again, more needs to be done." Dayton said.
The governor reassured residents that if they feel their concerns aren't being met, they can contact him directly.
"So if there's anything that's not happening, or gone wrong, I urge you to give me a call, my home number is 651-201-3468." Dayton said, surprising some in the room.