ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Initial estimates from recent flooding across Minnesota put the public infrastructure damage at $32 million, with more assessments to come that will push the total up.
Gov. Mark Dayton and his emergency managers provided the estimate Tuesday. They said it makes them confident that the state would be eligible for federal assistance to offset costs of response and recovery. Flooding damage was seen in nearly half of Minnesota’s counties.
Carver County, to the southwest of the Twin Cities, has the biggest damage total so far at $9.2 million because of problems with roads and a wastewater treatment plant.
The state has a $3 million relief fund to help match federal disaster aid. Dayton says it’s possible a special legislative session will be needed if the state account is tapped out.