Yesterday Governor Pawlenty tentatively scheduled the special session for next Monday, October 11th at 1:00 p.m. The press release is available here: http://www.governor.state.mn.us/mediacenter/pressreleases/PROD010165.html
This date is tentative and will be pushed back on the calendar if we don’t receive the federal disaster declaration for our incident area by this Friday. I have been in communication with the Governor’s Office regarding the disposition of Minnesota’s application for federal disaster assistance. The application has cleared the regional office at Chicago and is confirmed to have been received by the proper office in Washington. While we are rather certain that our communities affected by this devastating event have met the the criteria necessary for public assistance (fixing of roads, bridges, municipal sewer and water systems), I am told that it is not clear whether or not we fit the criteria necessary for IA (Individual Assistance) to be included as a component of the federal disaster declaration. While merely speculative, it may be this same uncertainty that is slowing the decision-making process in Washington as federal officials evaluate whether or not our areas meet the threshold for IA aid.
I am in contact with city leaders from our area’s affected towns and will continue to keep them as updated as I can regarding the declaration. As soon as the federal declaration is received, you can expect to hear and read about it extensively in the regional media. Of course, I will update you via email as well.
Flood victims that are veterans may want to learn more about aid available to flooded veterans, their families, and surviving spouses. Details of this assistance are available in this press release on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website: http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/news/2010/MDVA28Sep10.htm Here are the County Veterans Service Officer phone numbers for our local counties:
Wabasha County (651) 565-3864 (Lisa Jaeger)
Goodhue County (651) 385-3256 (Bob Davis)
Olmsted County (507) 382-6355 (Brad Lindsay)
I’ll be in touch again soon.