Governor Mark Dayton has authorized the use of funds from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account for emergency relief in eight Minnesota counties and one tribal nation.

Areas of Faribault, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Martin, Renville, Rice, Steele, and Waseca counties, and the Prairie Island Indian Community experienced significant damage to public properties caused by severe thunderstorms with heavy rains, damaging winds, and tornadoes. The storms occurred between September 18 and September 20, 2018.

Aid from the Contingency Account will reimburse the eight Minnesota counties and one tribal nation for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up costs associated with the storms. Under Minnesota law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up, with local governments responsible for covering the remaining 25 percent.