Five Northwest Iowa counties have received a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Sioux, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, and Osceola received the declaration in response to severe weather which occurred between April 9th and 11th.
The severe weather produced damaging winds, heavy rains, freezing rain, ice and snow that caused damage to utility lines, poles, trees and vegetation.
A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits.
Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
it's the 15th Major Presidential Disaster Declaration Iowa has received since March, 2007.