Tricounty News

THE WHITE HOUSE - Office of the Press Secretary - April 9, 2009

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Minnesota and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 16, 2009, and continuing.   Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in Clay, Kittson,Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties.   Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.   Michael H. Smith has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.    FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  FEMA (202) 646-4600.