Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has received word that President Obama has approved the request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration covering nine counties impacted by severe weather on June 3rd.
The counties included in the declaration are: Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne.
Pottawattamie County Emergency Management conducted damage assessments with officials from the State of Iowa and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the weeks following the storm.
Along with assessments from other impacted counties, the results prompted the Governor to request a federal declaration as a result of the significant damage that was caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred June 3-4. This is Iowa’s first Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2014 and Pottawattamie County’s first since 2011.
The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program.
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.