In late June, the city of Duluth and the entire region were devastated by rain. The rain and flooding that ensued were of historic proportions. The end result was millions of dollars worth of damage to public infrastructure, property, and loss due to a local economy dependent on tourism dollars. Sen. Stumpf said, “The pictures taken during the flooding were unbelievable and put the damage into perspective for people watching across the state and nation.”
State leaders have been meeting to review the flood relief package over the past couple of weeks with a final vote coming Friday. “I am hopeful the legislature will act in a thoughtful and expeditious manner as we have with floods in the Red River Valley and others areas of the state that have gone through similar disasters,” said Sen. Stumpf.
President Obama declared a major disaster following flooding in the Duluth area. For the federal government to pay 75% of the cost in repairing infrastructure, the state must come up with 25% in matching funds. The state aid package, including the federal match will total $167 million. For updates on the legislation and special session, check the senate webpage at: www.senate.mn.