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Letter: Hamilton - I'm here to help with flood assistance
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

By District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake

As you are aware, southwestern Minnesota has been pummeled with storm and flood damage once again, and many residents are wondering what sort of assistance may be available to them.

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Governor Dayton has already declared a state of emergency for 35 counties, including Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Jackson and Rock. This order makes a large number of state resources available to impacted areas and allows state agencies to respond and assist impacted communities and residents.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) has also activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), which occurs when there is major damage found across a large area of the state. For the latest information on situation reports, state agency activity and HSEM updates, please visit the State Emergency Operations Center webpage.

If you have already experienced flood damage, I would encourage you to contact the Department of Commerce’s Disaster Center. They can answer questions about insurance, consumer protection and work with your insurer to settle a claim.

More information can be found by giving them a call at 1-800-657-3602.

A number of roads also remain impassable thanks to flooding. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has published a list of road closures, which can be found on MnDOT’s website. Some state parks also remain closed, so be sure to check first if you plan on visiting one over the next few days.

Depending on the level of damage, a special session may be called to appropriate money for cleanup efforts and to receive matching dollars from FEMA. In fact, Governor Dayton said as much over the weekend.

With any luck, the worst is behind us. Going forward, if you have any questions relating to flooding or storm damage, please contact me at rep.rod.hamilton@house.mn or at (651) 296-5373. I’ll be happy to help.

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