AUDIO: Applicant briefings held by FEMA

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Aug 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI)  Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Minnesota office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were back in Stearns and Benton counties last week for applicant briefings.

It's the next step for cities and towns in those counties to recieve reimbursement for damage and cleanup costs associated with June 21st storm damage that struck the area.

In Stearns County, Emergency Management Director Erin Hausauer says 18 entities--including two electric co-ops, one school district and two townships--collected paperwork for reimbursement.

Each of the entities will now be assigned a "project specialist" that will work one on one with them to fill out the paperwork and document the damage eligible for reimbursement.

Hausauer says the Federal Government will reimburse the state, and the state will in turn reimbursement local communities. It's a process that will be underway in the next 60 days.

She says you're not eligible for reimbursement until repairs have been made--or in the case of Stearns County--all of the storm debris left behind from fallen trees is cleaned up.

Hausauer says Stearns County documented just over $551,000 damage. A total of 18 Minnesota counties were included in the president's disaster declaration. 

Erin Hausauer on the applicant briefings held by FEMA last week

Hausauer on where the process goes from here

Hausauer says reimbursement isn't made until the damage is repaired or cleaned up

Hausauer says clean up of all the downed trees from the storm is taking time

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