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Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for five counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 10 June 2013 07:43

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five additional counties in response to recent storms and flooding.

The governor declared a disaster in Appanoose, Lee, Muscatine, Wayne and Webster counties. In addition, the governor has activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Fayette and Muscatine counties.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

For a list of counties that have received governor’s proclamations in the aftermath of the storms and flooding that began May 19, visit www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

 

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Loebsack Statement After Tour of Flood Preparations with State, Local Officials PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:01

Iowa City, IA – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after he joined Governor Branstad and other state and local officials to tour flood affected areas and the flood preparations that are underway in Johnson County.

“I am pleased that the Governor and Lt. Governor took the time to come and see firsthand the preparation the folks in Johnson County and at the University of Iowa have put in to help protect the area from damaging flooding.  While the area is not out of the woods yet, I am encouraged by the latest forecasts.  The hard work of the Johnson County Emergency Management team, University of Iowa, and the scores of volunteers demonstrates just how strong this community really is.

“I am also pleased that despite the dysfunction and partisan bickering that is all too common in Washington; Iowans can rise above it in a time of need.  I am proud to be a part of that work and will coordinate with the Governor, Army Corps of Engineers, the University, and local officials as the threat of flooding continues.”

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Branstad, Reynolds to tour flood-affected areas on Monday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:37
(DES MOINES) – The Office of Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced they will join Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) Administrator Mark Schouten to survey flood damage in Eastern Iowa on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Branstad, Reynolds and Schouten will tour New Hartford before conducting an aerial survey of Eastern Iowa flood damage and holding a media availability in Iowa City.

The following events are open to the media (*all times are approximate and subject to change):

Monday, June 3, 2013

1:15 p.m.      Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and Administrator Schouten tour flood damage in New Hartford
Ridge Ave. and Highway 57, and residential areas of Saratoga Road
New Hartford, IA

2:15 p.m.      Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and Administrator Schouten conduct aerial survey of flood damage in Eastern Iowa

3:15 p.m.      Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and Administrator Schouten tour flood damage in Johnson County
Days Inn Motel - 205 2nd St/ Coralville Strip – Coralville, IA
Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) – View Map<http://www.uiowa.edu/~maps/i/iatl1.htm> – Iowa City, IA

4:20 p.m.      Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and Administrator Schouten hold joint media availability with Johnson County officials.
Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) – View Map<http://www.uiowa.edu/~maps/i/iatl1.htm>
Iowa City, IA

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President Obama approves Branstad’s request for Presidential Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:27

Declaration provides federal relief for Iowans impacted by April’s severe weather

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today received word that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties impacted by April’s severe weather.

The counties included in the declaration are: Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne.

The Governor sent the request for the declaration on May 22 in response to significant damage that was caused by heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding in those counties during the period of April 17-30.

The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.

The Governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future natural disasters by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure.

This Presidential Disaster Declaration is the 16th Major Presidential Disaster Declaration Iowa has received since March 2007.

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Loebsack Welcomes Presidential Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:26

Declaration covers damage from April storms and flooding

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today welcomed the disaster declaration by the President for 19 Iowa counties.  Last week, Loebsack lead the Iowa delegation in urging President Obama to approve Governor Terry Branstad’s request for disaster assistance.  Now that the request has been approved, the counties are now eligible for Public Assistance.

“I am pleased the President took swift action to assist those affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred this spring,” said Loebsack.  “As Iowans continue to brace for new possible flooding, it is important that our communities have the resources necessary to clean up, repair and replace damaged areas from the April storms and to take necessary steps to prevent further damage.  I will continue to work with Iowa families, businesses, and communities to ensure we recover from the earlier storms and that all necessary steps are taken to prepare for possible future flooding.”

Specifically, the counties of Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne were included in this declaration.

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