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Clean up ensues after six Iowa counties proclaimed as disaster emergencies

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Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for six Iowa counties: Black Hawk, Johnson, Iowa, Jackson, Louisa and Muscatine.

This comes after the governor had declared a total of nine counties disaster emergency areas earlier this week.

For many cities and families, this represents a giant step in storm recovery. The six counties stamped with disaster emergency can now receive state resources; things like equipment, supplies and personnel can be deployed. Other resources including vaccines, transportation, traffic control and levee patrol can be sent as well.

The proclamations also can make counties eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, allowing families with a household income of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to apply for grants. According to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for families who incurred storm damage.

Local officials can request this program to be activated to assist those affected.

People have 45 days from the date the disaster emergency proclamation was made in their respective county to submit applications. 

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management reports as of July 1, 25 counties are eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program due to recent storms.

Click here to see the list of eligible counties.

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