ST. PAUL (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is asking President Barack Obama for a major federal disaster declaration after damages from Sunday's tornado have been estimated at over $16 million.

Dayton says he sent a letter to Obama on Friday, asking for the declaration for Hennepin and Anoka Counties.

He says preliminary damage assessments estimate $16.33 million in costs and damages.

In the letter, Dayton requests public assistance for affected areas, as well as individual assistance for affected residents in Hennepin County - preliminary assessments there show 25 homes were destroyed, another 92 had major damage and 328 had minor damage.

If Obama declares a major disaster and public assistance is approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will fund 75 percent of costs, possibly covering debris removal, emergency services and repair of public facilities.

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