President Approves Federal Disaster Declaration For Several Counties Including Lyon, Sioux

Washington, DC — More flood relief is coming to government subdivisions in northwest Iowa, this time in the form of a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has received word that President Barack Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 26 counties impacted by severe weather in June.obama official

The counties in our area included in the declaration are: Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury.  Other counties include Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Chickasaw, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Palo Alto,  Pocahontas, Sac, Winnebago, Winneshiek, , and Wright.

As the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department continues to assess damage in other counties affected by severe weather, Branstad noted that additional requests for a Presidential Disaster Declaration may be sent at a later date.

The governor sent the request for a declaration on July 14, 2014, in response to significant damage that was caused by severe storms, damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, hail and flooding that occurred June 14-23, 2014. This is Iowa’s second Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2014.

The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.

The Governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure.

Just a note of clarification, this disaster declaration is only to help rebuild public infrastructure.  It is not a more broad sweeping “Disaster Declaration For Individual Assistance,” which would have aided families and individuals.

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