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Published June 22, 2010, 04:36 PM

FEMA Checks Out Tornado Damage

As clean-up continues at the Polk County Campground on Maple Lake, FEMA officials are busy tabulating just how much the tornado clean-up will cost people in the area.

As clean-up continues at the Polk County Campground on Maple Lake, FEMA officials are busy tabulating just how much the tornado clean-up will cost people in the area.

Norman Lenburg, a public information officer for FEMA, says, “At the request of the state to help them decide if they want to pursue obtaining aid from the federal government.”

While the Polk County Campground might be reimbursed for debris removal, homeowners with tree damage probably won't be.

Polk County Fire Chief Bruce Roed says, “We're trying to sort out what's public and what's private and what's insured and what isn't and that sort of thing.”

Much of the damage in the Mentor area has been to trees, but the C-Store in Mentor and a house south of town were destroyed.

Roed says, “You'll have one place completely destroyed and another one a few feet away that doesn't have any damage at all.”

While FEMA officials are capturing their first glimpses of the deadly tornado damage, Roed says a lot of debris has been removed over the last few days.

“Some places it's hard to tell already because they've already patched up and cleaned up.”

FEMA officials will be in Polk County looking at damage over the next couple days.

They are also looking at the tornado damage in several other Minnesota counties, including Steele, Olmstead, and Otter Tail Counties.

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