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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Duluth Recovery Assistance

I understand it is a challenging time for those of us negatively affected by the recent flooding. Understandably, your immediate attention is likely focused on minimizing the negative impact of the flood damage.  

Yet, I encourage you to take the time necessary to fully document the extent of the flood damage, both physically and related to an interruption to your operations. This includes: lost revenues, the expense of cleanup, the replacement of inventory or equipment and negative impact of employee absences.  

Please consider the benefit of completing and submitting the attached documentation from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Please do so as soon as possible. DEED needs the information by Monday, July 2. Information related to this effort can be accessed at the state's website www.MinnesotaRecovers.org under the heading "Northeast Minnesota Flooding Recovery." 

The information you provide will assist DEED in establishing a database of affected businesses. It will also enable the appropriate personnel to follow-up with you and determine what existing services may be useful to you. Additionally, is will allow DEED to apply for assistance from applicable State and Federal agencies. Click here to read more about disaster recovery. 

State officials also encourage you to contact your local Emergency Manager for additional information and assistance. This person can be reached at:

St. Louis County   218.625.3966
City of Duluth        218.730.4390
Lake County         218.226.4444
Carlton County      218.384.9518
Aitkin County        218.927.7436
Cook County         218.387.3059
Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe   218.878.7502

My colleagues at the Chamber and I are committed to assisting you during this challenging time. Please continue to use us as a resource as you rebuild and regroup from the recent flood.  

There is no education like adversity. - Benjamin Disraeli

In support,

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