Duluth flood: FEMA denies individual flood assistance

Nickalas Tabbert

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied individual homeowner assistance to victims of the Duluth flood.

In a letter dated Wednesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton that "based on our review of all the information available, it has been determined that the damage to dwellings from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to warrant the implementation of individual assistance."

In short, there will not be federal assistance to match the aid granted to local and state governments to pay for infrastructure damage from the June 20 flood that struck the northeast part of the state, MPR reported.

The letter said the status applies to Aitkin, Crow Wing, Lake, Pine and St. Louis counties and the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa. It did not include Carlton County, where some of the worst damage was found.