More than two dozen Iowa counties are covered under a presidential disaster declaration. Governor Branstad’s office has received word that President Obama approved a request for the declaration for 26 counties impacted by strong winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, hail, and flooding between June 14-23.
Included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright Counties.
The declaration clears the way for federal funding for various repairs to public property and debris removal. This is Iowa’s second presidential disaster declaration in 2014. A declaration issued on July 14 covered nine counties impacted by severe storms on June 3-4.
Iowa has now received 20 presidential disaster declarations since March 2007.