Minnesota leaders survey flood damage, talk ag impact

State and federal leaders surveyed flood damage in south-central Minnesota Tuesday.

Governor Tim Walz said he was struck by the enormity of the situation.

“Just the number of fields, and looked like crop damage that’s out there. So as we’ve said to Minnesotans, first and foremost continue to stay safe.”

Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen said officials are looking into federal, state, and local disaster designations.

“The best thing a farmer can do is if they have a problem or they have an issue on their farm, is to go into their county office and report that damage. Whether that’s crop loss, whether that’s water in fields, whether that’s damage to their livestock facility, we need them to go in.”

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar said Minnesotans have been through disasters before.

“Every single stop I’ve taken, I have heard the locals say ‘we’re keeping our receipts, we’re keeping our receipts.’ Because they know that means that federal help is on the way with the state guidance and the state leadership and the state matching fund.”

Petersen says in southwest Minnesota, at least 15 cattle feedlots have overflowed but there’s been no discharge into bodies of water, just onto fields.

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