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Today, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard Tim Orr and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten toured flood damage in Clarkesville and Shell Rock and assessed flood preparedness plans underway in Cedar Rapids. To view pictures of those visits, please visit Gov. Branstad’s facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/TerryBranstad. It is anticipated that Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds will be assessing flood damage later this week as well with the full schedule set to be released soon.

This update provides an overview of actions being taken by the State of Iowa to assist communities in northern Iowa impacted by flooding.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today formally issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 counties in response to recent flooding.  The counties included in this proclamation include:  Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe flooding.  The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those 13 counties.  Gov. Branstad’s proclamation also activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in the response to, the mitigation of, and the recovery from the effects of the disaster as needed.

NWS radar estimated rainfall amounts. Areas in white from Nora Springs to Nashua are estimates of eight or more inches of rain.NWS radar estimated rainfall amounts. Areas in white from Nora Springs to Nashua are estimates of eight or more inches of rain.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released information on the state response to flooding in Northeast Iowa, as well as how the State of Iowa is assisting local communities in their preparations and response to anticipated flooding in the days ahead.  State resources coordinated by Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) stand ready to assist local governments impacted by the flooding.  Gov. Branstad has verbally declared a disaster proclamation for Butler, Chickasaw and Floyd counties.  Additional counties are expected to be added to the disaster proclamation and a formal proclamation is expected in the days ahead.

“We’ve been closely monitoring flooding that will significantly impact a number of counties,” said Branstad.  “The state of Iowa stands ready to assist all local governments as they respond to this threat.  We are already providing a number of flood mitigation tools to assist and expect more in the coming days.  This afternoon, I spoke with Cedar Rapids Mayor Rob Corbett informing him that the state stands ready to assist Cedar Rapids to prepare and respond to the expected flooding next week.  Iowans should take the necessary precautions to remain safe until the flooding has receded.”

Gov. Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed the week of September 19-23, 2016, Emergency Management Appreciation Week in Iowa.

On Monday (September 19) emergency managers from across the state joined Gov. Branstad for a public signing of a proclamation recognizing the dedicated and necessary work conducted by Iowa's emergency managers. County emergency managers are responsible for establishing and maintaining the capability to effectively direct, control and coordinate emergency and disaster response and recovery efforts at the local level. Emergency managers in Iowa have coordinated 38 federally-declared disasters since 1990 and countless other non-declared events.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for eight Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from severe storms and flooding from Aug. 23-27, 2016.

The counties included in this request are: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Kossuth County in response to recent severe storms.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe storms that significantly impacted Kossuth County Sept. 6, 2016. In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of Kossuth County.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today requested the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to make low-interest federal disaster loans available to Iowa residents and business owners affected by recent severe weather and flash flooding in northeast Iowa.

The governor requested that the SBA grant a Physical Disaster Declaration for Winneshiek County. A Physical Disaster Declaration would make available to eligible Winneshiek County residents the Disaster Loan Program, which would provide low-interest loans for those impacted by the Aug. 23-24, 2016, flooding and severe weather.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Bremer and Chickasaw counties in response to recent severe storms and flash flooding.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe storms that significantly impacted those counties Aug. 23, 2016. In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those counties.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties in response to recent severe storms and flash flooding.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe storms that significantly impacted those counties Aug. 23, 2016. In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those counties.

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