7/9/2018 11:45:00 AM Gov. Dayton pledges state support for flood relief
Gov. Mark Dayton offered state support to areas hit by flooding during a stop Monday morning at the Windom Emergency Services Facility.
Dayton was joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, State Senator Julie Rosen, State Emergency Manager Joe Kelly and State Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson as they stopped in communities impacted by flooding. Monday's tour included stops in Windom, Jackson and Blue Earth.
Dayton has declared 39 counties in the state, including Cottonwood County and all of Southwest Minnesota, disaster areas following flooding incidents in late June and early July.
After seeing a presentation on the flooding and mitigation efforts in Windom, Dayton offered brief comments.
"We're here to help and we will work with you through this process," Dayton said. "If things aren't moving quickly enough at the state level during the recovery efforts, you can call me personally."
Congressman Walz added that he will work to secure funding for future flood mitigation projects.
"I can't stress enough that looking to the future is important," Walz said. "It is very heartening to see communities come together."
Sen. Rosen, who serves the Jackson and Fairmont areas, stated her appreciation for the work done by Dayton and the state's congressional delegation.
"We don't ask for much, so when we do, it's pretty serious," Rosen said. "Making the trip down here means a lot to the people of this area."
Kelly stated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be coming to Windom, likely late next week, to assess damage. He stressed the importance for homeowners to document damage to their property.
"The biggest thing we need to make the case for assistance is data," Kelly said. "We need that data when we go to make our case to the president for assistance."
Commissioner Frederickson added that there assistance for farmers will also be available.
"Through the Rural Finance Authority, farmers will be able to loan up to $400,000 on a zero-percent interest loan," Frederickson said. "That money can be used to replace buildings, sewer and septic systems or damaged water systems."