On a unanimous vote on Thursday, the Minnesota State Senate passed Senate File 1, a disaster assistance bill for dozens of counties hard hit by damaging flooding last year.
Thanks to this appropriation of $9.635 million, the state will have access to a 75% federal match from FEMA. Several communities that suffered damage from the flooding did not qualify for federal assistance; those areas will see Minnesota funding of $1.4 million, in accordance with the state’s long history of aiding local communities over and above the level provided by official FEMA disaster relief.
An additional state appropriation of $3 million will be utilized for a matching grant from the Federal Highway Administration to finish much-needed repairs on washed-out roads and other infrastructure. The Board of Water and Soil Resources will also receive $2.476 million for erosion, sediment, and water quality control. (S.F. 1)