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Black Hawk Co. declared federal disaster area

WATERLOO (KWWL) - President Barack Obama has declared Black Hawk County a Presidential Disaster Area.  It will mean federal disaster assistance for public buildings and systems that were damaged during storms July 10.   State officials say an initial assessment determined more than $5 million in damage to public buildings throughout the county.

"In recent weeks, severe storms have caused damage to several communities throughout our state," Governor Chet Culver said in a statement.  "I want to thank President Obama for taking quick action to approve my request, which will help recovery efforts throughout Black Hawk County. As governor, I will continue to work with our federal partners to help those affected by severe weather, and do whatever possible as we recover from these natural disasters."

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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