Branstad Issues Disaster Declaration for Flooding

North Liberty city workers attempt to clear a storm drain as water fills a street in the Golfview Mobile Home Court Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in North Liberty. Heavy rains have caused flash flooding around the area. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Adam Carros

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has issued disaster proclamations for five eastern Iowa counties due to flooding.

Branstad issued the proclamation Friday for Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott, and Washington counties at a time when many Iowa rivers remain near flood stage.

Although damage has been limited, many residents are finding water in basements, cities are dealing with overworked sewers, and roads are closed.

Several Mississippi River cities have limited flooding, including Dubuque, Burlington, Keokuk and Muscatine. The river is expected to fall below flood stage in Dubuque on Saturday and recede below flood stage in others by Monday.

Many Iowa rivers will recede below flood stage over the weekend, though some not until early next week.

Branstad's action will qualify some families for grants paying for repairs, clothing, food and temporary housing.

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