President Bush Declares Butler County a Disaster Area

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By Josh Hinkle

DES MOINES (AP) - President Bush has declared that a major disaster exists in Iowa, making federal money available to residents of Butler County.

The president's action came Tuesday, two days after the Butler County cities of Parkersburg and New Hartford were severely damaged by tornadoes. The severe weather left six people dead and at least 70 injured.

The federal action makes available grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans for uninsured property losses and other assistance intended to help people and businesses recover.

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