Rybak's statement

  • Updated: August 2, 2007 - 12:43 AM

Statement by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

Our heartfelt grief goes out to the families and loved ones of those who perished in tonight's I-35W bridge collapsed over the Mississippi River. The impact of this tragic disaster is felt by every resident of Minneapolis as we pray for those lost to this terrible accident.

We are deeply grateful to Minneapolis' brave emergency first responders who risked their lives to immediately respond to this disaster and rescue those caught in the collapse. Their dedication and service will not be forgotten.

I am directing every available City resource to guarantee that our emergency response teams work to ensure that nearby infrastructure, streets and bridges are safe. We will also work with our state and federal partners to complete a full and thorough investigation into the cause off this disaster.

Those who want to help are asked to donate to the Red Cross 612-460-3700 or visit their website at www.redcrosstc.org [ http://www.redcrosstc.org/ ].

To find out about victims, families can call the Red Cross at 612-871-7676 and leave a message. Someone will return their call soon and help.

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