Charles City, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad issued a statement saying President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for eight counties in Iowa that were impacted by severe storms in August.
Counties in the declaration include Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell and Winneshiek counties.
The Presidential declaration will provide federal funding to the counties under the public assistance program. This puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs and designed to help with repair and or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. It may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government function and grants for public schools.
The declaration also includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state of Iowa. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disaster by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure. This is the 23rd Presidential Disaster Declaration Iowa has received since March of 2007.
Governor Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency on Fayette and Muscatine counties in response to flooding that began on September 21st. A total of 23 counties have now been proclaimed by the Governor. Those counties include Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Howard, Jones, Linn, Louisa, Mitchell, Story, Worth and Wright counties.