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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Gov. Dayton, Sen. Klobuchar visit Montevideo on storm damage tour

  • After touring severely flooded areas in southwestern Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Director of Emergency Management Kris Eide stopped in Montevideo Friday afternoon. They were here to discuss the ongoing flooding situation and any damages inc...
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  • After touring severely flooded areas in southwestern Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota  Director of Emergency Management Kris Eide stopped in Montevideo Friday afternoon. They were here to discuss the ongoing flooding situation and any damages incurred to public and/or private property from the heavy rainfall in the area over the past two weeks. Thankfully, there was little to report, as of yet.
     
    It was asked if Chippewa and Yellow Medicine Counties could be included with 35 other Minnesota counties that are part of the state disaster declaration and also about the possibility of a federal disaster declaration for the affected counties.
     
    Emergency Management Director Eide explained that counties should keep a close account of weather-related expenses, including clean-up and repair work as well as staff hours and supplies. There are thresholds of loss counties must exceed to qualify for additional aid for weather-related damage.
     
    Governor Dayton mentioned the 1997 flood in Granite Falls and the incredible amount of damage it caused, remarking that recent flood mitigation work has proven to be very effective.
    Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones made it clear at the meeting that thanks to state and federal mitigation, the levees in place have kept flooding under control. “It’s high but manageable for us,” said Jones.
     
    Jones added after the meeting that five to ten years ago, the current flood levels would have caused the city to lose important services such as the sewer system in Smith Addition.
    The third and final stage of the levee project in Montevideo is expected to be undertaken and
    See Damage tour page 12A
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