More Iowa counties have been added to the presidential disaster declaration for the winter storms in late February and early March.
Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Cushman says the declaration now makes Cherokee, Ida, Osceola and Webster counties eligible for federal aid. Cushman says the money will go to the counties for the time from February 28th through March 2nd.
Cushman says the counties can get money to help pay the extra costs from removing all the snow during the storms. The aid is on a cost share basis of 75-percent from FEMA and the rest paid by the city, county or state.
Many city and county governments had workers out putting in overtime hours fighting the storm and this money will help them, according to Cushman. He says FEMA is going to try and help them meet their needs for the snow clearance.
Other counties already included in the declaration are Adair, Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Emmet, Greene, Guthrie, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Webster, Winnebago, and Wright.