MN Governor Sends Letter to Trump, Requests FEMA aid for damage estimated at over $500M

Minnesota governor Tim Walz is requesting FEMA aid for the mass destruction that took place amid George Floyd protests and riots.

The total damage estimate now exceeds half a billion, according to KSTP. 

Walz sent the following letter to Trump Thursday:

In a statement, Walz said “We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover. We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”

KSTP reports “We are committed to helping our communities rebuild, but we can’t do this on our own,” Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan added in a statement.

“While state, tribal, and local budgets are stretched thin by COVID-19, we need everyone to step up, including the federal government, to restore safety and critical infrastructure to our communities.”

Additionally, Walz is requesting President Donald Trump “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota,” due to recent fire damage to infrastructure. A preliminary assessment puts damage directly related to fires at more than $15 million.