Dayton seeks $108 million in federal aid for flooding

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Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that he is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the recent flooding in northeastern Minnesota, said the Pioneer Press.

The flooding, which impacted 13 counties and three tribal nations in northeastern, central, and southern Minnesota, caused more than $108.6 million in damage to public property alone, said Minnesota Public Radio.

Dayton said that local and state funds are working quickly now, but federal funding is needed as soon as possible to assist in cleanup and reconstruction of roads, said MPR.

Dayton expects that his request to President Obama will be approved with two weeks, said the Pioneer Press.

Duluth's chief administrative officer Dave Montgomery said that $108 million is a "conservative number," and the actual cost of the damage will be much higher, said MPR.

Dayton is working on organizing a bipartisan committee to organize and allocate state funds to assist the affected areas, said the Pioneer Press.

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