WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush announced Wednesday that damage from severe winter storms, spring flooding and recent tornadoes warranted a major disaster declaration for 30 Minnesota counties.
Gov. Jesse Ventura had requested the presidential declaration May 9. It includes damage incurred beginning March 23 and thereafter.
Local governments in Big Stone, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Dakota, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Houston, Lac qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Norman, Polk, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, St. Louis, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Wilkin, Winona and Yellow Medicine as well as the tribal governments of Prairie Island and Upper Sioux are eligible for aid for the repair or replacement of damaged public facilities.
Homeowners and businesses in the specified counties can call FEMA's toll-free number, 800-462-9029, to apply for assistance.
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