Audio: Flood damage assessments begin

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Jul 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

UNDATED (KNSI)  Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are in Minnesota today (Tuesday) to assess damage from recent flooding to determine if the state will qualify for federal aid.

FEMA will visit four counties today, including Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Renville. Officials are expected to tour the Twin Cities next week, once flood waters have receded.

To qualify for federal aid, there must be at least $7.3 million in damage to public infrastructure, like roads and bridges. MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says the floodwaters have caused "scour" under bridge piers. That's where the earth gets moved under bridges. He says shoulders and culverts have been getting washed out too. 

Cleanup costs, including removing silt from roads, along with overtime costs for emergency personnel will also be factored in. FEMA’s assessment, which will take a little more than a week, must be done before Gov. Mark Dayton can submit a presidential disaster request.

MnDOT's Kevin Gutknecht talks about flood damage assessments to Minnesota's roads and bridges

Gutknecht talks about the type of damage the floodwaters have caused

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