State Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona continues to monitor the federal aid coming to counties in southeastern Minnesota.
Over the last several weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teams have toured counties throughout the state that were affected by severe storms, straight line winds and flooding from June 20-26.
Last week, President Obama declared a major disaster for 18 counties in the state of Minnesota and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery effort, including Fillmore and Houston.
Miller says preliminary damage assessments by FEMA determined the storms caused nearly $17.8 million in damage to public infrastructure across the state. The disaster declaration is for public assistance which covers uninsured eligible projects submitted by counties, cities, townships and certain private nonprofit organizations.
Miller notes that FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of approved costs, while 25 percent non-federal share is the responsibility of state and local governments.
The disaster declaration includes and federal funding is also available for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.