Federal disaster aid likely for Minneapolis

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT and MATT McKINNEY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 26, 2011 - 11:24 PM

With $10.3 million in damage already, the tornado-ravaged north Minneapolis neighborhood should readily qualify, city officials report.

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morejusticeMay. 26, 11 1:58 PM

Every house there had insurance. No need of taxpayer money! City crews can clean the trees out for no additional cost! No renters insurance? Tuff.

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monacoMay. 26, 11 3:26 PM

Really, "morejustice"? And from where are you getting your information. Every house had insurance? How do you know? Would you be making the same comments if this happened in a predominantly white community? Yeah, you probably wouldn't.

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canalsalMay. 26, 11 3:46 PM

ATLANTA -- Data analyzed by The Associated Press shows that many of the states hammered by what's already the deadliest year for tornadoes in more than half a century have among the nation's highest rates of homes without hazard insurance despite being among the most twister-prone. That means the regions that most need the insurance are often the places that don't have much of it. It also means many tornado victims may have a hard time getting compensated for their losses, putting more pressure on the federal government to help. With more than 450 deaths and billions of dollars in damage in the past month alone, regulators are calling for more education about the importance of homeowners insurance and further efforts to make it affordable and available to all. By HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press The Associated Press

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canalsalMay. 26, 11 3:50 PM

Police say looters stealing from overturned trucks in Joplin, Missouri (Jasper Co. EMS) http://twaud.io/r6Wn

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canalsalMay. 26, 11 3:50 PM

A 9 p.m. curfew has been set in tornado-damaged areas of Joplin, and people driving into the damage zone will need to go through checkpoints and obtain permits starting at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the city. The curfew going into effect this evening will be enforced by law enforcement officers. No workers or residents should be on the streets from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Residents staying in their homes will not need to leave after curfew. For those workers and residents already within the disaster area, officers distribute permits. The purpose is to restrict access and limit vehicle traffic to only those who need to be in the area to recover property or help with relief efforts.

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gregdeereMay. 26, 11 3:55 PM

The only people allowed in the area are residents, and the stores have been looted. Not for food or water,..... but for cigarettes. Not any better than in New Orleans where looters were seen taking TVs. The earthquake/tsunami/nuclear leak in Japan didn't cause the people there to act this disgracefully.

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thisisinsaneMay. 26, 11 3:59 PM

monaco - If a house has a mortgage attached to it, the owner must carry insurance. I think the assumption is that not many homeowners in that part of town own their homes free and clear. Some older folks may, most others not likely. I think the older folks that may have paid off their mortgages would have the good sense to have homeowners insurance however.

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monacoMay. 26, 11 5:43 PM

thisisinsane: There is a high rate of foreclosures on the north side, so people may be negotiating with banks and have not paid their mortgage, in which case they are not insured. And I think the first comment from morejustice about it being "tough" if people don't have renter's insurance is really callous. If a family has to choose between buying a bus pass to get to work or school, and purchasing renter's insurance, they are going to get the bus pass. Same goes with the choice of food and medicine versus renter's insurance. If a family is from another country and English is their second language, they may not even know how to get renter's insurance, or that it exists. Layered into morejustice's comment are all sorts of assumptions about things he/she assumes everyone has access to, and that is not always the case.

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zammanMay. 26, 11 6:33 PM

monaco, where does it say anything about the poeple in the comments being any color? you are the only one that mentioned race. Yes, people should be getting renters insurance. I had it and it cost $11 a month. Stop buying smokes and booze and video games.

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mmcfetrMay. 26, 11 9:07 PM

The real story here? Look at the volunteers showing up to help. They are working on the problem rather than just making comments. Time, talent, and treasure are welcome. Opinions, not so much

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