Fillmore, Houston, Winona and 19 other counties in Minnesota may be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to help cope with damage from flooding.

State Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) stated that Minnesota has met the threshold to request FEMA to send teams to conduct preliminary damage assessments to see if Minnesota is eligible for FEMA's public assistance program. A letter requesting FEMA's assistance has been sent and it is hoped that FEMA will begin sending teams during the week of July 8, he added.

Minnesota met the minimum $7.266 million threshold to request FEMA assistance based on damage assessments from the 22 counties affected.

Many local communities throughout the state of Minnesota were severely impacted by storm damage and flash flooding following heavy rains and strong winds from June 20 to 23. Over the last week, each county affected by these storms has completed and turned in preliminary damage assessments to the Homeland Security Emergency Management Team (HSEM).

Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties are among the 22 counties that have reported damage related to the storms and have been included in this request. Other counties include: Benton, Big Stone, Carver, Douglas, Faribault, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Wright.