Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday authorized emergency assistance for thirteen Minnesota counties due to damage caused by severe thunderstorms in two weather events which occurred in June and July.

On June 20-24, Lac qui Parle was among the counties that experienced severe thunderstorms, which included damaging winds, heavy rain, and flooding. On July 23, Renville county was among those experienced damages caused by severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, heavy rain, and flooding.

Impacts of severe weather to outdated infrastructure and roadways have caused millions of dollars in damages statewide. The Department of Public Safety division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to work with the counties who were impacted by these severe weather events, as directed by the Governor.