President Signs Presidential Disaster Declaration For Northwest Iowa

Date posted - May 7, 2013

obama officialWashington, DC — The president has approved Governor Terry Branstad’s request to designate five northwest Iowa counties federal disaster areas.

The counties named in the presidential declaration are Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux for severe weather that hit April ninth through the 11th. The counties in our area were hit with damaging winds, heavy rains, thunderstorms, freezing rain, ice and snow that caused damage to power lines, poles and trees. The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties for repairing of damage to public property. The Governor’s office says it also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state to allow officials to work to minimize the impact of future natural disasters by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure.

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.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

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2 Responses to “President Signs Presidential Disaster Declaration For Northwest Iowa”

  1. Give me some when it's free says:

    I am amazed that the majority of residents in this area detest any federal government help when it isn’t needed (i.e. food stamps, welfare, etc) but the same majority is now pumped that we are designated a disaster area. Well, in my opinion we came out of this ice storm like hard working Americans are supposed to – just fine. People volunteered through their church or organization and the cities stepped up and we’re about 100% cleaned up. Now we are all excited about getting some federal designation disaster relief money??
    I think there are times that we act just like the people we all complain about.
    I can hear it now – “well if it is available we might as well take it” or “I pay my fair share of federal taxes and it’s nice to get something back for once.” Don’t care – we don’t need this. And there is a news story about the USDA offering low interest loans to farmers affected by the ice storm. What?? Do we have peach farmers around here who lost a bunch of hanging fruit? It was April for Pete’s sake.

    • Bob says:

      I lived in Sheldon in the sixties. As I recall, freezing temperatures, rain, snow and the winds associated those that type of weather during the month of April was called winter back then, not a disaster. It happened nearly every year.

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