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Governor Culver commits to helping Delhi recovery

DELHI (KWWL)---The governor got an up-close look at the disaster at lake Delhi today, making his third visit to the area since the dam breach on Saturday.

The waters at Lake Delhi have continued to go down significantly since the dam failed.  But there are reminders everywhere of the devastation the flooding left behind.

"Certainly I want you to know, especially those businesses and homeowners impacted, and farmers, that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you," said Governor Chet Culver.

Governor Culver visited with the Lake Delhi Association and area residents Wednesday.  He's been working with local officials to determine how to take care of all the flood debris.

"Property owners will be able to take their debris to an area near their homes, and then with volunteer help and contractors, that debris will be moved from the property or homeowner's area to a Delaware County collection site," Culver said.

FEMA is also in Delaware County and is working to conduct assessments on damage to homes,

"They're getting an idea collectively of what the damage was and how it impacted the community as a whole," said Josh Deberge, FEMA spokesperson.

Those assessments will tally just how much damage the flooding did, in dollars and cents.  That will be a key step in getting additional flood recovery funds to the area should it get a federal disaster declaration.

Meanwhile, Governor Culver is working to secure additional state flood recovery funding that could resemble the "Jump Start" program that was implemented following the floods of 2008.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek

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