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Published June 25, 2012, 10:59 AM

Minnesota flood damage teams begin work Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Teams of federal, state and local representatives will begin work to tally flood damage in 13 Minnesota counties and the Fond du Lac reservation on Tuesday.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Teams of federal, state and local representatives will begin work to tally flood damage in 13 Minnesota counties and the Fond du Lac reservation on Tuesday.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and local government will form four teams who will tour the flood-damaged areas.

Homeland Security director Kris Eide says it's important for the water to recede and enough debris to be cleared for the team to work. Their damage assessments are the first step in determining whether Gov. Mark Dayton will make a request for a disaster declaration.

Assessments will be made in Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota and Sibley counties Tuesday; in Lake, Aitkin, Goodhue, Meeker, Kandiyohi counties Wednesday; and in St. Louis, Carlton, Rice and Pine counties Thursday.

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