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Branstad requests presidential disaster declaration due to bird flu

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Governor Terry Branstad has requested a major disaster event declaration from President Barack Obama in response to the avian flu outbreak in Iowa.

More than 33 million birds in Iowa have been affected by the virus.

The request is being made for Buena Vista, Sioux, Webster and Wright counties, but additional counties may be added to the request as additional losses are identified.

Branstad is requesting unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, and disaster legal services, as well as any other Stafford Act programs appropriate for people who are unemployed or have lost income as a result of the bird flu outbreak

He also wants the Federal Highway Administration to issue a tonnage waiver on the state's federal aid roadways, such as Interstates 29 and 35. This waiver would accelerate the disposal process and reduce the likelihood of spreading HPAI while transporting poultry to disposal sites.

You can read the request here.

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