ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura will ask President Bush to declare Minnesota a federal disaster area, opening the possibility for federal relief.
"The governor's intention is to ultimately ask the federal government to make a declaration of major disaster, but we just don't have our ducks in a row yet, and when that happens the governor will act," said John Wodele, the governor's spokesman.
An official request from Ventura for federal aid is contingent on the state reaching the $5.1 million damage threshold.
"If we meet the federal threshold -- and I don't think there's any doubt that we will ... then the governor can issue an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the state of Minnesota and ask the federal government to come in," Wodele said.
Water receding in the coming days should reveal most of the damage and provide a better estimate, Wodele said.
Rep. Bill Luther, D-Minn., sent a letter to Ventura on Thursday saying he was "extremely concerned about the damage" in the St. Croix and Mississippi River valleys. He asked the governor to ask Bush to make a disaster declaration.
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