Branstad Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad delivers the annual Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking a presidential disaster declaration for 10 Iowa counties that were hit by severe storms and flooding in June.

Branstad says he signed a letter Thursday for President Barack Obama seeking the declaration for the counties of Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Howard, Jones and Winneshiek.

The counties experienced tornadoes, heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding from June 21 through June 28.

Branstad says in a news release a preliminary damage assessment found the severe weather caused about $5.27 million in damage that could be eligible for public assistance funds. The program provides money to rebuild damaged facilities and infrastructure, such as road and bridges. It also covers some debris removal.

If granted by Obama, this would be Iowa's fourth presidential disaster declaration since April.

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