The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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June 26, 2013

Wells cleans up, tallies damage from wind, rain

FEMA may help towns cover costs


First, a disaster declaration must be made. Second, the county must have sustained about $50,000 in damage to public infrastructure, which is most likely the case.

Finally, the state must have sustained $7.27 million in public damage. Whether this will be met will depend on the area covered — if the Twin Cities are included it probably will — and on the window for damages. In other words, the National Weather Service will have to decide if the storm system was just one day, a few days or longer.

Storm fatigue was apparent.

“We've had a couple of these 100-year storms in the last five or six years,” Police Chief James Ratelle said.

But it's also taught officials the ropes, Mayor Ron Gaines said.

He thanked Shawn Schloesser, a Walz field representative, but told him the city didn't really need any assistance. Well, they had one request.

“Eighty-two and dry would be perfect.”

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