Clean Up help in Brown Co.

NEW ULM – As people continue to clean up and remove items from their basements are reminded that kits are available to be picked up at the Emergency Operations Center located in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in New Ulm. Kits are provided on a first come first served basis. Those traveling from the Springfield or Stately Township areas can call ahead so one can be set aside.

Volunteer organizations will be coming to Brown County to help all of county residents (city and country) with cleanup in their basements. They will be able to help with the removal of drywall, pulling up carpet, moving furniture, and more. In order to obtain assistance from the volunteer organizations call (507) 233-7625 or send an email to flood@co.brown.mn.us to get the needed help that you need.

Damage assessment teams made up of City and County personnel can be provided to residents as requested. Their purpose will be to determine the level of impact from water and/or sewage in the basements, which can then be passed on to the state. The County and City Emergency Managers are in the process of completing preliminary damage assessment forms that will be utilized by FEMA and HSEM staff to determine which programs will be provided throughout the County.

Even though the Brown County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution requesting Governor Dayton ask President Obama to declare the county a Disaster Area, it is not guaranteed that federal and/or state assistance will be granted. Look for more information in the future.

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