The governor’s office says FEMA has issued a decision to deny eligibility for public assistance to the Lake Delhi and Lakewood areas. Many residents of the area saw their homes flooded or destroyed when the Lake Delhi dam in Delaware County failed on July 24th following heavy rains.
Governor Culver issued this statement on the decision:
“This is an example of a federal government agency changing rules and regulations, and its interpretation of them, in the middle of a great hardship, getting in the way of help for Iowans who have lost so much in the floods. I stand with the people of Lake Delhi and Lakewood. We have strongly encouraged Lake Delhi and Lakewood to appeal the FEMA decision. It is the right thing to do and I will support them in these efforts. Let me say in the clearest possible terms – this is a matter of fairness. We will do everything we can to make things right.”
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