Grassley asks for disaster declaration
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has asked the president to grant the request made by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for a declaration of a major disaster in response to damaging winds, heavy rains, thunderstorms, freezing rain, and ice and snow this month.
In a letter of request sent Friday, Grassley said, "The governor determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments to handle effectively and federal assistance is needed."
Severe weather on April 9, 10, and 11 caused significant damage to utility lines, poles, and vegetation. The Iowa counties with the most severe damage are Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, and Sioux.
Officials have estimated there was $6 million in damage that could be eligible for help through the Public Assistance Program. The program can be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and culverts, or to cover the cost of emergency work and debris removal.