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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

County declares emergency for storm

Cottonwood County is officially in a state of emergency in the wake of last week’s severe weather.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners approved a request from Emergency Manager Paul Johnson to implement a state of emergency.

Johnson noted that Storden was the hardest-hit area from last week’s storms, with a confirmed tornado doing damage.

Johnson said there also was enough damage to the electric grids from South Central Electric and Great River Energy to put the county over the estimated damage needed to declare an emergency.

Johnson said that, as far as the county is concerned, there was no damage reported in any county parks or to highways. However, Johnson said that heavy rainfall may have created issues for some township roads.

Johnson added that the storm damage between last Wednesday and Thursday, statewide, will allow the state to pursue federal assistance.

More on Tuesday’s meeting appears in the May 18 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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