After beginning in northeast Minnesota, it’s expected FEMA teams will move into northwest Minnesota this week and then on to the southwest — assessing damage from the succession of storms and flooding that have hit Minnesota since mid-June.

State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly says, “We got some this week… and then we’ll have some the following week. So it’s probably gonna end up having the assessment team visit 28 counties and now three tribal nations to assess the damages.”

Kelly says FEMA is focusing mainly on damage to public infrastructure but, “They’re also collecting data on (damage to) individuals’ homes and businesses, so that we can determine if we have the justification to make a request to have the feds come back and do another damage assessment for those potential applicants.”

Kelly says based on initial damage assessments, the governor will likely be able to ask President Trump for a major disaster declaration in early August, which would bring federal assistance to repair public infrastructure. Any decision on individual assistance would come later.