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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Summer storms prompt emergency declaration

Cottonwood County will be in line for state disaster assistance following action at Tuesday’s meeting of Cottonwood County Commissioners.

Emergency Manager Paul Johnson told the board that the county had two severe thunderstorms during the summer that each met the threshold for an emergency declaration, which begins the process to receive state and federal assistance.

A storm on June 13 washed out culverts and damaged roads in Springfield and Amo townships.

A similar storm on July 5 caused damage to culverts in Ann and Highwater townships.

With the emergency declaration, the county issues a letter to the governor, requesting state assistance.

Johnson added that the tornado on May 11 caused over $130,000 in damage, mostly to the rural electric co-op’s transmission lines. A federal disaster was declared from that storm.

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