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St. Paul emergency declaration merely a formality


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Don't panic, St. Paul. The emergency declaration for flooding issued by the city is just a formality.

Far from declaring a state of emergency, city spokesman Richard Carlborn says Monday's announcement means St. Paul will now begin tracking the costs of preparing and fighting flooding. The money has to be tracked in order for St. Paul to be reimbursed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

City officials will continually monitor National Weather Service updates and water levels.

The declaration also ensures that the various departments in the city work together to prepare and coordinate St. Paul's flood response once it becomes necessary.

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