Governor Pawlenty spent much of the day viewing flood damage and meeting with local officials in Truman, Pine Island and Owatonna. The governor plans to seek federal disaster aid for 34 counties, and will call a one-day special session once the federal damage assessment is completed.
During a conference call with reporters, Pawlenty said he’ll meet soon with House and Senate leaders to work out an advance agreement.
“We’ll take the legislation from the previous floods and use it for a template and change the numbers and things like that. So, it won’t be hard to put the legislation together because we’ve done this now many times over the last handful of years.”
Pawlenty described the flash flooding as a very significant event that requires a federal and state response.