Walz Asks for Disaster Declaration
TJ Leverentz | Jul 3, 2020 AT 9:48 am
(Learfield) Governor Tim Walz is asking President Trump to declare sections of the Twin Cities a federal disaster area due to extensive riots following the death of George Floyd.
The Governor says a preliminary assessment found more than $15 million in eligible damage to public infrastructure directly caused by fires. Federal assistance would reimburse local governments for debris removal, protective measures, and damage to public facilities.
Nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were damaged or destroyed during the riots. Estimates of total damage exceed $500 million.