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Dayton requests disaster declaration

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- Gov. Mark Dayton is requesting a major federal disaster declaration for counties hit by flooding and severe storms in June.

Dayton sent a letter Wednesday to President Obama with the names of 18 counties. The counties are Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin.

The storm caused an estimated $17.8 million in damage to public infrastructure.

The president has to approve the disaster declaration. If that happens, local governments, schools and some private nonprofit groups would get aid for storm-related damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency would fund 75 percent of approved costs. Local and state governments are responsible for 25 percent.

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