Black Hawk and Butler Disaster Areas

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By Mike Wagner

(DES MOINES) – This afternoon, Governor Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Blackhawk, Butler Counties after severe weather moved through the area earlier today.

"Early reports indicate that Parkersburg and surrounding areas have sustained significant damage after a possible tornado touched down earlier today," said Governor Culver. "The coming hours will provide more information, but state government stands ready to do whatever necessary to support local emergency management efforts and help those affected recover quickly."

State Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials have activated the State EOC and have begun to work with local officials in areas affected by the storms. In addition, they will monitor any further developments as severe weather continues to move across the state.

The National Weather Service has issued several watches and warnings throughout the state. Iowans are encouraged to keep close attention to radios and televisions as conditions can change rapidly.

The Governor's disaster declaration allows local officials to better utilize state resources in response to any severe weather.

In addition, the Governor's proclamation activates Iowa's individual disaster assistance program. Iowa 's individual disaster assistance program helps people with low incomes. Iowans with household incomes of up to 130 percent of federal poverty guidelines may apply for a grant of up to $3,300 to help recover from flood damage. The governor emphasized that this is a reimbursement program, meaning that applicants must include receipts when applying for help.

The grant application and step-by-step instructions on how to fill it out are found on the front page of the Department of Human Services website: http://dhs.iowa.gov/ . Look for the words "Storm Help”, or call toll-free (877) 937-3663 to find out more.

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