Minnesota lawmakers have given final approval to a $17 million package of disaster assistance that will help local governments pay remaining bills from June storms that hit the state hard.
The House voted 132-0 on Monday for a bill already passed by the Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton is supportive.
Forty-seven counties and three tribal reservations sustained serious damage after torrential rains last summer. Most but not all qualified for federal assistance.
The bill contains only about $2.2 million in new funding because some unused money from previous disaster recoveries was shifted over.
Republican Rep. Jim Knoblach estimated there was $74 million in federal and state disaster assistance connected to the flooding. Some of it was for repairing structures and a chunk is to fix washed out roads.
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