Gov. appeals denial of flood aid for homeowners

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Governor Mark Dayton is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of a request for federal aid to help northeastern Minnesota homeowners recover from last month's floods.
Dayton said Wednesday that the denial was wrong and he is "deeply disappointed."

The governor directed the state's top Homeland Security and Emergency Management official to appeal the decision immediately.

FEMA denied the state's request for individual assistance, saying the damage was "not of such severity and magnitude" to qualify. The denial does not affect a federal disaster request for help repairing more than $100 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

In a joint statement, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack say they support Dayton's appeal.