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Gov. Branstad, National Guard looking at flood-damaged areas today

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UPDATE: In Vinton, Governor Branstad is getting a closer look at the Hesco barriers, something he believes helped keep the community safe.

He says, "The preparation and the tremendous number of volunteers who pitched in and helped with sandbagging and putting Hescos together, it's pretty phenomenal and it's reduced the damage significantly."

Thankfully, the damage is nowhere near what it was in 2008. Take it from Peggy Harris who lost many things that can never be replaced.

Harris says, "I lost baby books of my girls.... that about did me in."

Governor Branstad says he's requesting help for people like Peggy.

He says, "There's individual assistance available and we would expect once the assessment has been done that we will be requesting a Presidential Disaster Designation as well."

His take-away from Vinton though is positive, saying he's impressed on how the community came together in a time of need.

"I'm really proud of Iowans and the way they responded and it's certainly evident here in Vinton and in Benton County, he says."


State leaders are assessing parts of eastern Iowa today that have been damaged in the recent floods.

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Tim Orr, and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten will be looking at damage in Vinton, Palo and Cedar Rapids.

The group will be meeting at Vinton City Hall, and will be assessing that city from noon to 1 p.m.

Following Vinton, they will be in Palo from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and meeting at the Palo Community Center.

Finally today, the stop in Cedar Rapids will begin at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and take place from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., then at the Central Fire Station from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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