Originally posted on CBS Minnesota:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major federal disaster for five southwestern Minnesota counties hit by an April ice storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Obama declared the disaster for Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock counties.
Gov. Mark Dayton requested the designation. The storm downed power lines and caused widespread power outages. Preliminary assessments peg the damage at more than $26 million.