Flood Relief

The first bill signed into law this session was Senate File 1, a disaster assistance bill for dozens of counties hit hard by damaging flooding last year. Thanks to an 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 $1.4 million in Minnesota funding, in accordance with the state’s long history of aiding local communities at a higher level than 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 receive $2.476 million for erosion, sediment, and water quality control.

STATUS: The bill was signed into law. (S.F. 1)

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