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Branstad Asks For Presidential Disaster Declaration

(Manchester Sandbagging June 5th)

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Wednesday asked President Obama to declare nearly half the state's counties disaster areas from the storms and flooding at the end of May and early June.

The request for a Presidential Disaster declaration covers 47 counties where significant damage was sustained from winds, tornadoes, heavy rains and thunderstorms which led to severe flooding from May 19th to June 23rd.

The request, if approved, would make federal grants and loans available for the affected counties and their cities to help pay for flood prevention and clean-up.

A joint federal, state and local damage assessment, still in a preliminary stage, found the weather caused an estimated $22 million in damage statewide. Federal money could be used to pay for repairs to roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities or to cover the costs of emergency work during and clean-up after the storms and floods.

The affected counties include: Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O'Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago and Wright.

Branstad also activated Iowa Individual Assistance programs for Lee and Webster counties. Those programs provide grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and for the expenses of temporary housing.

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