Following severe weather and flooding around the state this spring, state, local and federal officials will next week, begin in conducting Preliminary Damages Assessments.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) division is joining with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducting Damages Assessments in 50 counties and four tribal nations next week.

The process is scheduled to begin May 7th and will likely take several weeks. During the effort, officials will document eligible damages for Governor Tim Walz to request a major disaster declaration for Public Assistance under the Stafford Act.

Governor Walz informed President Donald Trump of the looming need for federal disaster relief, during the Presidents recent trip to Minnesota.

According to the state Department of Public Safety, initial damage estimates to public property and infrastructure exceed $32 million. That figure is four times more than Minnesota’s public assistance statewide indicator of $7.9 million. Included in that estimate are damages to public property and infrastructure, such as bridges, roads, parks, and utilities, along with public-safety protective-measures.

It does not include damages to private property, such as homes and businesses.

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