Governor requests presidential disaster declaration for 7 counties

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Des Moines, Iowa – Governor Kim Reynolds asked President Donald Trump Thursday for a presidential disaster declaration for seven Iowa counties.

The governor wants the federal designation for Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Mitchell counties for damage done by severe storms and flooding between July 19th and the 23rd.  The governor requests funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.

The money would be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure including roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities or it could cover the costs of emergency work during the storms or debris removal afterwards.

The request says federal, state and local preliminary assessment of the seven counties showed severe weather caused nearly seven million dollars in damages.

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