Walz wants flood disaster aid to be timely and targeted

The leader of one of the states hit hardest by recent flooding wants to be sure disaster aid gets to those who need it most.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz tells Brownfield the process can take time.

“We’ve seen this in state government, if we hurry and don’t get it right then you have money that goes to the wrong places. Which really frustrates me because a small number of people mess up for a large number of people. So I think you’re trying to balance between the speed of getting this money out and the safeguards of it.”

He says the extent of the damage is still being assessed but expects the impact to agriculture to be significant.

“When we flew over in the days right after this flooding, the agricultural land (and) the amount of standing water was just staggering. And these were folks that many had replanted already and we’re this late into the season.”

Walz suggests the flooding is some of the worst Minnesota has seen and says USDA and FEMA continue to work with affected farmers.

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