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Dakota County Up for $1.4 Million in Federal Disaster Relief

The county could get money to recover from a severe storm that ripped through on June 19, damaging roads, uprooting trees and inundating the Miesville Ravine Park Reserve.

Dakota County is in the running for $1.4 million in federal disaster relief to help defray the cost of cleanup after a severe thunderstorm rolled through the south metro last week.

At the outset, it was believed that the county's damages exceeded $2 million, according to a report from the Star Tribune. The storm prompted a deluge at Trout Brook and the Cannon River, washing way large portions of the boardwalk and three miles of trails at the Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. Elsewhere, flood waters swept away roadways, while high winds took down trees and powerlines .

Statewide, it is believed that damages total almost $109 million, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. However, the dollar figure for damage in Dakota is less than county officials anticipated. On Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced a that the county could receive $1.4 million in federal aid—just a hair above the $1.3 million qualifying threshold.

Dakota is the only metro area county included in Dayton's disaster declaration. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency approves the request, 75 percent of approved cleanup costs will be reimbursed.

Click here to see a complete record of past Minnesota disaster declarations.

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