|By Bill McAuliffe?and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)|
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But even that initial assessment by local governments should qualify the state for federal reimbursements, state officials said Tuesday.
County damage assessments are the first steps in qualifying for a presidential disaster declaration, which releases federal aid. The state needs to demonstrate
"The bigger counties in the metro area aren't quite ready with all the documentation yet," Eide said. "But the initial impacts that they have given us to use have far exceeded our
The initial damage estimate of
Officials from the
Private land another matter
The damage reimbursed by a presidential declaration more than likely will apply only to public property -- roads, bridges, parks and schools -- and not homes.
In Edina, 48 homes have had flood damage, both from creek and other flooding, as well as from sewer backups. The city has encouraged residents to make sure their homeowners' policies cover sewer backup, since many do not, Edina spokeswoman
Every county in the state has experienced a declared disaster in the past 10 years, Eide said. "We are a pretty doggone flood-prone state," she said.
Home and business owners should start the recovery process by carefully tracking whatever messes the water left behind, state officials said. "Photographs, photographs, photographs to document the damage," said
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