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Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Flooding in Minnesota

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Today, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) urged President Obama to approve a request to provide federal aid as quickly as possible to help Minnesota families and business-owners recover from last month's flooding in northeast Minnesota.

"As congressional representatives of communities devastated by recent flooding, we are writing in support of Governor Dayton's request for individual assistance for those affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Northeastern Minnesota," the members wrote to President Obama. "We have all visited the affected areas and seen the damage to private property. While we are continually impressed with the community response and the resilience of our constituents, we believe that federal assistance is necessary beyond the public assistance that has already been granted, and we urge you to grant individual assistance in a timely manner."

Assessments done by the federal and state governments showed that over 500 homes were damaged or destroyed in the June flash floods. This morning, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton made an official request for individual assistance, which would provide money and services to Minnesotans whose homes or businesses were damaged or destroyed and who were not covered by insurance. Earlier this month, the Minnesota delegation successfully pressed the White House to grant a public assistance disaster declaration, which will provide federal funding for roads, bridges, schools, and other public infrastructure damaged by the June storms.

The full text of the delegation's letter to President Obama is below.

July 20, 2012

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As congressional representatives of communities devastated by recent flooding, we are writing in support of Governor Dayton's request for individual assistance for those affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Northeastern Minnesota.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) joined the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) to conduct a week of damage assessments. Those assessments found significant damage to homes, including 17 destroyed, 154 with major damage, 419 with minor damage and 479 otherwise affected.

We have all visited the affected areas and seen the damage to private property. While we are continually impressed with the community response and the resilience of our constituents, we believe that federal assistance is necessary beyond the public assistance that has already been granted, and we urge you to grant individual assistance in a timely manner.

Thank you for your assistance in helping the recovery effort across Minnesota and for your quick response to Governor Dayton's request for a Federal Disaster Declaration. We urge your prompt consideration this request for individual assistance.

Sincerely,

Amy Klobuchar
United States Senator

Al Franken
United States Senator

Chip Cravaack
Member of Congress


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