WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after receiving word that President Obama had approved a federal disaster declaration for Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont Counties.  This declaration allows federal aid to immediately supplement state and local response efforts.  Earlier this month, Harkin wrote the President, urging him to approve the Governor's request and has been pushing for an early declaration since then.  

"Traveling through Western Iowa today, I saw firsthand the rising waters, the damage - both known and unknown - that a flood can have on this area of the state and the real fears residents are experiencing," said Harkin.  "And that is why I personally called the White House to advocate for this declaration.

"State and local response efforts are underway, but with levees needing to hold through the summer, this federal declaration comes in the nick of time and will bring an urgent financial shot in the arm to these efforts.  I thank President Obama for his attention and quick action on behalf of Iowans."

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