Financial relief for flooded Minnesota communities

Many Minnesotans are in need of help after recent severe weather prompted significant flooding which lead to widespread crop damage in some areas.

In response, Governor Mark Dayton and other officials are visiting affected communities to assess the damage.

On Monday, Governor Dayton made stops in Blue Earth, Jackson, and Windom in southwestern Minnesota.

Dayton declared a peacetime state of emergency last week in response to the damage affecting 36 counties and one tribal nation.

Over the weekend, baseball fields, golf courses, and other parts of Windom were covered in flood waters.

With more than $7.7 million in damage statewide, towns like Windom will receive help.

"That means it won’t be local tax payers paying for infrastructure it’ll be federal money with some from the state," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (DFL) Minnesota. "As you can see you’ve got houses under water, an entire baseball field, their park." 

That help would also include local communities in Fillmore, Freeborn, and Mower counties.

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota farmers that have been affected flooding over the past month can take advantage of a zero-percent Disaster Loan Program offered by the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority. The program helps farmers cover flood clean-up, repair, and replacement costs not covered by insurance.

The loan can be used to help clean up farm operations, repair or replace farm structures, and replace see, other crop inputs, fee, and livestock. The loan may also be used to repair and restore farm real estate that was damaged by flooding.

Interested borrowers should contact their lender or call the RFA at 651-201-6004 or go to the website.

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