Franken, Klobuchar, Ellison ask Obama for swift disaster declaration

  • Updated: May 29, 2011 - 11:16 PM
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Students from Summit Academy in Minneapolis have been volunteering helping out with storm recovery over the last week. Minnesota Sen., Al Franken greeted about thirty of the students at 26th Ave N and Broadway in North Minneapolis, Minn. on Friday, May 27th.

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U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison are asking President Obama to quickly issue a disaster declaration for parts of the Twin Cities area hit by a tornado last weekend.

The trio sent the president a letter on Sunday asking for an expedited presidential disaster declaration for Hennepin and Anoka counties.

A federal preliminary damage assessment found the storm caused more than $16 million in damage to public infrastructure, as well as widespread damage to homes and businesses in the area.

The declaration would permit the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement state and local relief efforts.

The tornado produced winds up to 110 miles per hour and left a trail of damage more than 14 miles long and up to a half-mile wide.

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