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Gov. Requests Pres. Disaster Declaration

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Governor Terry Branstad is asking for federal assistance for 10 Iowa counties in Eastern Iowa hit hard by storms last month. Gov. Branstad on Thursday signed a letter to be delivered to President Barack Obama, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the counties of Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Howard, Jones, and Winneshiek.

The areas sustained significant damage from winds, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and heavy rains resulting in severe flooding between June 21 and June 28. A preliminary damage assessment of the 10 counties found severe weather caused an estimated $5.27 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the federal Public Assistance Program. Funds from the program can be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure, or cover costs of emergency work during the storms, as well as debris removal after the storms.

If granted, this would be Iowa's fourth Presidential Disaster Declaration since April.

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