By Jeremy Miller
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Over the last two days I’ve been meeting with local officials in Houston and Fillmore counties and assessing the damage that was caused by the storm on June 22. This storm damage was severe and extensive with many roads and bridges damaged or washed-out. Buildings, homes and farms were also damaged with flooded basements and fields.
Based on preliminary numbers from earlier this week, we did not think Minnesota would meet the minimum threshold of $7.266 million of uninsured statewide losses to qualify for federal aid. However, after further assessment, it appears we will be close to or over that number. If this is the case, we will work with Governor Dayton who will need to declare a state of emergency and request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) send teams to Minnesota to do preliminary damage assessments. If federal aid is made available to help with recovery, this aid will most likely only cover infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
For homeowners and consumers who have suffered significant damage and flooding to your homes and businesses, I strongly encourage you to visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce Disaster Center website at http://mn.gov/commerce/insurance/topics/disaster-center/.
There you will find a wide array of resources and information from the claims process to knowing your rights and rebuilding after a disaster. You can also contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Consumer Response Team (CRT) at 1-800-657-3602 with questions, concerns or complaints following a damaging storm, flood or tornado.
For farmers who experienced damage, please visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/disaster/disasterloan.aspx. It will connect you to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Disaster Recovery Loan Program, or call the Rural Finance Authority at 1-800-366-8927. These funds are available to farmers for expenses not covered by insurance and can be used to help clean up, repair or replace farm structures, septic and water systems as well as replace seeds, other crops, feed and livestock when damaged by high winds, hail, tornado, floods or excessive rainfall.
I will continue to work with local officials, the emergency management team through the Department of Homeland Security as well as the governor and state agencies to discuss what options and possible funding are available for these affected areas. If you have any questions about this process or if you require any assistance please contact my office at 651-296-5649 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to be helpful.
State Senator Jeremy Miller
represents District 28.