The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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July 10, 2014

Cities, counties show FEMA their flood damage

MANKATO — Blue Earth County cities and townships gave federal emergency management officials their best guesses Thursday for their flood damage and overtime costs.

The county has seen roughly $7 million in uninsured public infrastructure damage, said Mike Maurer, the county’s emergency management director. The costliest single repair is to a water main in a ravine near Viking Drive in Mankato.

FEMA officials have been touring the state this week, seeing damage for themselves and hearing the reports of city, county and township staff. They visited Nicollet County Wednesday and were slated to visit Brown County today.

FEMA's estimates from Blue Earth and other counties, which may differ from original estimates, are expected within a week.

Though much of the county's infrastructure damage is likely to be concentrated in Mankato, some townships have six-figure bills.

In Mankato Township, there’s an estimated $780,000 in damage, Supervisor Scott Morgan said. More than half is due to the washout of River Hills Drive, which overlooks the Le Sueur River.

Some cities were largely spared.

Eagle Lake, for example, only has an estimated $6,500 in public infrastructure damage, City Administrator Brad Potter said.

FEMA can pay 75 percent of eligible public infrastructure damage.

This story will be updated

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