President Signs Presidential Disaster Declaration For Northwest Iowa

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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