Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Monday signed a letter to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for eight counties where significant damage was sustained from severe storms and flooding from August 23rd through the 27th, 2016.
The counties included in the request are: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek.
The governor requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program, which is used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after, the storms. A joint federal, state, and local preliminary damage assessment of the eight counties found the severe weather caused an estimated $4.8 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program.
The governor also requested funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. The letter can be read in its entirety here.