The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Thursday, as part of an emergency meeting (per MN Statute 13D.04 Subd 3), declaring a state of emergency resulting from the heavy rain events of September 21-22.
Blue Earth County residents with damaged property due to recent heavy rainfalls, in particular in the St. Clair area, are encouraged to complete a preliminary report of damages found on the County’s website at www.blueearthcountymn.gov/damagedproperty. Heavy rainfall in the area may have resulted in damage to property including flooded basements throughout communities and rural areas in the County.
The damaged property form is brief and allows Blue Earth County to begin the process of gathering information on damaged properties in order to be as efficient as possible in serving residents. Completing the form does not guarantee that properties will be eligible for assistance. However, it helps Blue Earth County gather information to determine if eligibility requirements for disaster assistance are met.
Residents do not need to wait for review or follow-up from the County to begin clean-up. However, damages should be documented and photographed if repair work is started. Follow-up to form submissions will take place beginning as early as Sept. 28. For questions or assistance in completing the form contact Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services at (507) 304-4251.
Additionally, sandbags are available to property owners and the public through the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at (507) 387-5601. Please note that sand is not included and will need to be obtained through a local supplier.