Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the state should consider a plan that would provide money for residents of the western Minnesota town that did not have flood insurance.
Pawlenty toured areas of town that were affected earlier this week when rapidly melting snow and ice jams on the Little Minnesota River led to unexpected flooding. Some residents were evacuated by boats or heavy machinery.
Pawlenty told about 100 residents gathered at the Browns Valley school that the state doesn’t normally provide money for private residents, but said the town of about 650 is unique because of a large percentage of poor and elderly people.
“This may not fit the model of what’s been done in other communities,” Pawlenty said.
At the very least, Pawlenty said he would look into low interest loans or grants. “I’ll figure out a way to do something,” he said
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