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Governor requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Governor Terry Branstad signed a letter on Tuesday to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from severe weather that occurred between June 26 and July 7, 2014.

The counties included in the request are the following: Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Mahaska, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Tama and Washington.

According to a press release, the Governor requested funding under the Public Assistance Program which is used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after, the storms.

His office reports a joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessment of the 22 counties found that severe weather caused approximately $13 million worth of damage.

The Governor also requested funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state.

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