Press Release

Braley, Loebsack Urge Obama to Approve Disaster Declaration for 47 Iowa Counties

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Washington, Jun 20, 2013 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Reps. Bruce Braley (IA-01) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) today asked President Obama to quickly approve a federal disaster declaration requested by Governor Terry Branstad for 47 Iowa counties that sustained significant storm damage and flooding over the past month. Braley wrote the letter to Obama, which was co-signed by Loebsack, Tom Latham (IA-03) and Steve King (IA-04). A federal disaster declaration would make affected Iowa counties eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Rep. Braley said, “I’ve visited these communities and seen first-hand the damage they sustained from these storms. There’s a lot of work to be done and we need to do everything we can to make sure that communities across Iowa have the resources they need to recover and rebuild. A federal disaster designation will help families and communities get back on their feet.”
Rep. Loebsack said, “Over the past month, I have toured flooded areas, met with local officials, helped sandbag affected areas and saw the damage firsthand.  I applaud the Governor for taking this step and call on the President to take swift action on the request so that the affected communities can begin the recovery process and get the assistance they need.”

The Braley-led letter was sent in support of a recent request from Gov. Terry Branstad for a presidential disaster designation for 47 counties in Iowa. Severe weather, including heavy rains, tornados, damaging winds, thunderstorms and flooding caused significant damage across Iowa during May and June. It is estimated that the severe weather caused an estimated $22 million in damage, which could be eligible for public assistance.

Governor Branstad is requesting federal Public Assistance Program funding for the counties of Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago and Wright.

Full text of the letter follows; a copy can be downloaded at the following link: http://1.usa.gov/12XLf5F
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