Following severe weather and flooding around Minnesota this spring, state, local and federal officials will begin Preliminary Damages Assessments (PDAs) in 50 counties and four tribal nations next week.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) division will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conducting PDAs around the state.

The PDA process begins May 7 and will likely take several weeks. It will document eligible damages for Governor Tim Walz to request a major disaster declaration for Public Assistance under the Stafford Act.

In a recent letter to the White House, Governor Walz informed President Donald Trump of the looming need for federal disaster relief.

HSEM submitted the request for PDAs following severe weather that began on March 12 and ended April 29, when the last river fell below major flood stage. Snowmelt flooding, rain-induced flooding, and a snowstorm with ice and high winds all contributed to initial damage estimates from counties and tribal nations exceeding $32 million dollars. That figure is four times more than Minnesota’s public assistance statewide indicator of $7.9 million.

Included in this estimate are damages to public property and infrastructure (bridges, roads, parks, utilities) along with public safety protective measures taken during that timeframe. It does not include damages to private property, such as homes and businesses.