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Iowa asking federal government to help with cleanup after flooding

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It's been about a month since flooding hit northeast Iowa very hard.

Governor Branstad says eight counties saw damage. Now, he's asking the federal government to step in.

Many communities are still trying to cleanup after about a week of major flooding in August. 

Governor Branstad believes the total damage in eight counties was around $4,800,000.  

Rivers reached record-high levels, spilling into streets, backyards, and businesses.

People had to be evacuated and school was canceled in several towns. 

One person died in Chickasaw County after his car was swept away in the floods. 

After the water went down, Governor Branstad traveled to northeast Iowa to see the damage himself.

In a letter to President Obama, the governor says the storm damage was so severe he wants the federal government to come and help clean up. 

He wants help with things like removing debris and finding people housing and shelter.

Governor Branstad is also asking the federal government to come to Iowa and review the damage themselves. 

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