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Published September 26, 2010, 11:49 AM

Pawlenty may seek flood relief special session

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a short special session may be necessary to approve the money to repair flood damage in southern Minnesota.

Pawlenty toured three of the hardest hit areas Friday, including Truman, Pine Island and Owatonna (oh-wuh-TAHN'-nuh). He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be doing damage assessments next week, a requirement for a presidential disaster declaration.

Pawlenty says he's confident there's enough damage to public infrastructure alone to qualify.

The declaration would allow local communities access to federal help, but matching funds are needed. Pawlenty says he'll work with legislative leaders to hold a one-half or one-day special session to allocate that money in the coming weeks.