ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC/AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the $167.5 million flood aid package.
The governor had pressed for the money to rebuild washed-out roads, repair flooded basements and restore ravaged state parks after severe floods and storms.
The Senate approved the bill 60-7 after it passed the House on a 125-3 vote on Friday.
"It's a time when you just set partisanship aside," said State Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester. "This is a time when the state does what the state is supposed to do, which is come forward and support Minnesotans."
State Sen. John Howe, R-Red Wing, praised the passage of the package which includes $500,000 for Goodhue County.
"We're coming together in a bipartisan fashion, and we have a long history of doing that to pass disaster relief, immediate relief for communities and counties that were affected by the flood," Howe said.
Flash floods wiped out roads and killed zoo animals in Duluth in June before moving downstream to communities including Moose Lake and Thomson. Floods also hit counties in the central and southeastern part of the state, and an early July windstorm damaged forests and power lines in northern Minnesota.
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