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Culver addresses delay in clean up at Lake Delhi

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LAKE DELHI (KWWL) – Governor Chet Culver met with more than 60 Lake Delhi area residents in a building adjacent to the failed dam Wednesday morning to address concerns about the delay of cleanup efforts there. Because much of the area around the lake is private property, there have been questions about who holds responsibility for debris removal.

"The good news is that we have reached a resolution on the debris removal today and I want to commend all the parties who stepped up to help, including the Lake Delhi Association, the county and all of the volunteers who have helped with cleanup," Culver said.

This cleanup plan for Lake Delhi includes:

- Homeowners will be able to take their debris to the road. It will be collected by a contractor and volunteers, and taken to a Delaware County Landfill.

- Delaware County will take debris from there to a Dubuque landfill.

- The Lake Delhi Recreation Association will incur the cost to transport debris from homes to the collection site. Delaware County will pay to move the debris to the Dubuque County landfill.

- The work being done to move the debris to the permanent landfill may be reimbursable from FEMA if Governor Culver's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration is granted.

Culver will continues his tour of northeast Iowa Wednesday with visits to flooded farms in Delaware, Jones, and Jackson counties, where thousands of acres of crops have been flooded and could be a complete loss. USDA Farm Service Association Director John Whitaker will tour with the Governor to talk with farmers about the impact of flooding on them and their communities.

All three counties are eligible for the State's Individual Assistance Grant Program while the Governor waits to hear about any federal disaster assistance. The state's Individual Assistance Program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred for individuals and families whose income is less than 200 percent above the poverty level. That means individuals making $21,660 or less may qualify, and a family of four making $44,100 or less may qualify.

Application information for residents in counties where the State Individual Assistance Grant Program has been made available is posted on the Department of Human Services website. Visit the Department of Human Services website (www.dhs.state.ia.us) and click on Storm Help, or call toll-free 1-866-434-4692. 

Damage assessments, which will determine if the Governor can ask for a Presidential disaster declaration, will be completed by end of the week for businesses and homeowners in the affected areas.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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