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FEMA tours flooded Dubuque homes


Representatives from FEMA and Iowa's office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management toured flooded homes Wednesday in the city and county of Dubuque.

Valley Hill Court Trailer Park, just north of Dubuque on US Highway 52, saw devastating flood damage, with six feet of water in parts of the neighborhood.

Some families there completely lost their homes and many more suffered thousands of dollars in damage.

Kurt Kramer lives in the park. He said he's pleased FEMA came to see the damage in his neighborhood firsthand.

"I thought they were very, very quick on reacting and assessing the damages," he said.

Kramer said losing his trailer to floodwater was more than just losing a place to live.

"Definitely lost my peace," he said. "Haven't slept in days. Lost nine pounds in three days, just with the heat and humidity and moving and cleaning and just worrying what's next."

FEMA representatives will submit their preliminary damage assessments to state officials, who will pass it on to Governor Branstad. From him, it goes to President Obama.

FEMA funding can only become available if the president issues Dubuque County a disaster declaration.

Kramer said he hopes the president will sign off on the FEMA declaration, "so people can get some help out here. They definitely need it."

FEMA representatives plan on touring flooded homes Thursday, too.

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