Flooding/Dayton Meets with Emergency Managers 25 Jun 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is making the rounds of more Minnesota cities along flood-swollen rivers to meet with emergency managers and local elected officials.

Delano City Administrator Phil Kern told the governor that a conservative estimate of damage from the Crow River is already at $250,000, about 10 percent of the city’s budget.

Dayton’s itinerary for Tuesday also included stops in Chaska and Belle Plaine on the Minnesota River, and Mendota on the Mississippi River.

The Star Tribune reports that Dayton told officials in Delano he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the state’s new $3 million disaster assistance fund runs out. But he says the waters must recede so damage can be assessed before he decides on whether to call a special legislative season to allocate more money.