Congressman Blum Asks President Obama To Grant Gov. Branstad’s Disaster Declaration Request

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Washington, DC, September 22, 2016 | comments

Congressman Rod Blum today announced that he has requested that President Obama grant Governor Terry Branstad’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration in response to the damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in Northeast Iowa between August 23rd & 27th.

“Due to the significant damage suffered by Northeast Iowa from this flooding, I fully support Governor Branstad’s decision to request immediate federal assistance as families and businesses work to recover from this disaster,” said Congressman Blum. “With six of the eight affected counties being located in the First Congressional District, I urge President Obama to act swiftly to issue a presidential declaration of a major disaster in response to this flooding.”

Gov. Branstad requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program, which is used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after, the storms. A joint federal, state, and local preliminary damage assessment of the eight counties found the severe weather caused an estimated $4.8 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program. From August 23-27, severe weather in NE Iowa caused significant damage to public infrastructure and private property in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek counties.

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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