By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is expected to announce that 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a share of more than $300 million in emergency funds to help them recover from an unusually intense year of natural disasters.
Minnesota is in line for $419,400.
Missouri and Utah will receive more than one-third of that total after record flooding in both states. Missouri suffered through months of flooding after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released unprecedented amounts of water from northern Missouri River basin reservoirs, while Utah saw record snow melt that caused heavy flooding.
Of the $308 million in aid to be announced Wednesday, roughly $109 million goes to the two states.
Vilsack noted that 2011 was unusual because almost every part of the country was hit by some type of disaster.
A state-by-state breakdown of disaster assistance being provided to 33 states and Puerto Rico from USDA emergency funds. Figures are provided by the USDA.
New Hampshire: $443,000
New Jersey: $2,537,000
New York: $41,790,484
North Carolina: $4,462,000
North Dakota: $100,000
Puerto Rico: $2,264,000
Rhode Island: $6,453,300
South Dakota: $396,000
Total USDA Emergency Aid: $307,576,590 (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)