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Gov. Branstad Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance for Six Iowa Counties

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The Governor is making the request in response to the ongoing flooding along the Missouri River in Iowa. Local and state agencies have been actively preparing for and responding to flooding conditions along the Missouri River since May 25, 2011.

"Iowans need to remain vigilant as this flood is unlike any other that Iowa has experienced," said Branstad. "This is a very serious situation. The flooding is going to continue for several months. This is why I have requested the President to sign a Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa."

A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.

Gov. Branstad is also asking for Direct Federal Assistance, to include, sheltering, temporary housing and swift-water rescue teams if the need arises.

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