Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Disaster assistance is complicated

Clay County EMA coordinator explains programs to Royal council

The Royal City Council has wondered for more than two months why Clay County was not included in the governor's disaster proclamation after the July 5 derecho. Now they have their answer.

Clay County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Tigges said during this month's council meeting that three types of disaster assistance are available. A presidential declaration is the most common but eligibility for federal assistance is tied to the amount of public sector and state uninsurable damage.

A second category of disaster aid is individual assistance, which is difficult to obtain.

"I've applied f...

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