FEMA Rejects Daytons Appeal For Individual Aid

Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 6:09 am

Late last week news came out that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA, once again denied Gov. Mark Dayton’s efforts to get federal aid to folks affected by June’s flooding in northeastern Minnesota. FEMA had already shot down Dayton’s initial request, but on Friday we learned that Dayton’s appeal for aid for individuals and businesses was also rejected.

In the denial letter, FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate wrote, “After a thorough review of all of the information contained in the initial request and your appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that the damage to dwellings from this event is not of the severity and magnitude to warrant the implementation of the Individual Assistance Program…”

In a prepared statement, Dayton said, “I am very disappointed that FEMA has rejected my appeal of their decision to deny the Individual Assistance for Minnesotans whose homes, businesses, and lives were devastated by the terrible flooding.  I will ask the Legislature to include that assistance, estimated at $7.4 million in the upcoming special session.”

FEMA has already declared northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin eligible for public assistance for governments, but it appears they will not be helping individual homeowners and businesses.


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