State, local and federal officials will begin preliminary damage assessments next week in 50 Minnesota counties and four tribal nations (May 7).

The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will join FEMA in conducting the assessments following severe weather and flooding. The process will document eligible damages for Governor Tim Walz to request a major disaster declaration for public assistance. Walz recently met with President Trump explained the need for disaster relief. The statewide damage from flooding and a late-season snow and ice storm exceeded 32-million dollars while the threshold for public assistance is seven-point-nine million.