Governor Walz requests disaster declaration from President Trump

Statement comes in response to damages from George Floyd riots

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) – Governor Tim Walz asked President Trump for a disaster declaration throughout Minnesota Thursday after the riots surrounding the death of George Floyd caused more than $500 million in damages.

The governor’s office says nearly 1,500 businesses throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul “were damaged by vandalism, fire, or looting.”

“These corridors provide lifeline services like food, pharmaceuticals, health care, housing, and transportation to thousands of Minnesotans,” Walz said.

Fires that caused damage to public infrastructure totals about $15.6 million, according to the governor’s office. Walz is requesting aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help cover the cost of those damages.

Walz also fully activated the Minnesota National Guard for the first time since World War II, according to the request.

Ten people have been federally charged for rioting or arson.

“The social and economic impacts of this incident will be felt for years, if not decades,” Walz said.