ST. PAUL, Minn. (KFGO) — Governor Tim Walz announced that the president had approved his request for a major disaster declaration for 23 counties affected by tornadoes, flooding and storms in early May.
“This spring has brought unprecedented storms and historic flooding to our state. But time and time again, I have seen people put the needs of their neighbors ahead of their own while facing devastating consequences for their homes, farms and businesses,” Governor Walz said. “As the state continues to help in any way it can, we need help from the federal government. I am grateful that more help is on the way and I pledge to continue the work of reconstruction.
On the morning of Sunday, May 8, thunderstorms generated winds in excess of 60 miles per hour that swept through Stearns and Morrison counties, downing trees and power lines. The following day, May 9, tornadoes touched down. They ranged from an EF0 tornado near Hastings to a cluster of five tornadoes – one with winds exceeding 110 miles per hour – in central Minnesota causing extensive damage. On the evening of May 11, five tornadoes touched down in southwestern Minnesota northeast through the Twin Cities. On May 12 and 13, the southern two-thirds of the state experienced severe and dangerous storms, and at least six tornadoes were confirmed in west-central Minnesota. Damage is estimated at nearly $11 million.
Governor Walz wrote to the president requesting this statement on June 22. She has been approved for Aitkin, Big Stone, Cass, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Talking Lake, Lincoln, Morrison, Nobles, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine Counties.
This federal disaster declaration releases public assistance for 23 counties to help with emergency works and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the disaster.
The governor also asked for help with two other weather-related events in recent weeks, including a disaster declaration request for federal aid for ongoing flooding in northwestern Minnesota and an extension. the delay in seeking help for a Memorial Day tornado outbreak that caused significant damage. in more than 20 counties to complete damage assessments.