Regional officials provided damage estimates from last month’s flooding to Federal Emergency Management officials in Albert Lea Wednesday in the hope of protecting funding for cleanup efforts.
Quotes were provided with FEMA and state emergency situation management officials visiting the region this week to assess public infrastructure flooding damage.
Public infrastructure damage in Freeborn County is approximated at $1.7 million and is expected to grow slightly, stated Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever.
He expects more details on when FEMA assistance will be offered to Freeborn County to be known in the coming weeks.
Bancroft Municipality manager Steven Overgaard stated the municipality was trying to recuperate around $17,000 in damage and extra work sustained in flood clean-up.
In spite of the cost, Overgaard said flooding was restricted in the municipality.
“We came through it in fact quite well,” he said.
He credited minimal damage to work the municipality has actually done in correcting issue spots identified in previous storms and the storm’s direction.
Overgaard stated the worst damage he observed in the municipality was a washed-out roadway at the house of the town’s roadway manager.
Statewide damage quotes from flooding requirement to surpass $7.6 million for FEMA moneying to be secured.
Freeborn County Engineer Sue Miller stated the county would request more than $100,000 for roadway and bridge damage from the flood.
She said damage was less than exactly what has been sustained in previous storms for the county, and credited armoring and protecting spots on roads and bridges that were damaged from previous flooding.
“We are far better off than we have remained in previous events,” she stated.
Miller said this would be the ninth FEMA event she has seen in her period.
Nearly 300 homes in Freeborn County had reported flooding damage since Monday.
Albert Lea City Engineer Steven Jahnke stated the city prepared to request $280,000 in federal financing for regrading and re-rocking gravel roads, changing riprap and reimbursing cost sustained from additional authorities and energy department work.
Jahnke said he has heard from FEMA officials that the $7.6 million threshold will be reached.
Emergency management authorities will be in Faribault today to assess damage.
The assessments do not cover damages to specific homes.