State and federal emergency personnel in area to assess April flood damage

Featured photo: Sergeant Grimsley encountered the Nelson Dam Road completely underwater on 4-25. 

Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management and FEMA will be in the area to assess the impacts of spring snowmelt and heavy rainfall that flooded numerous county roads.

According to Beltrami County Emergency Management, the agencies will conduct the preliminary damage assessment, starting today in the northwestern portion of the county.

Public infrastructure was reported to be significantly impacted in townships around the Grygla area.

The remainder of the county will be assessed tomorrow. Initial damage impacts indicate that the costs for damages and response will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If the county qualifies for federal assistance through a major disaster declaration, eligible damages and expenses could be completely reimbursable.

If the county only meets the state threshold, 75 percent of expenses could be reimbursed.


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