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June 20th, 2011

King Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration for Six Iowa Counties Hit by Flooding

Congressman King leads House delegation response to flooding in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Steve King (R-IA) sent a letter signed by Iowa’s entire House delegation to President Barack Obama asking him to grant Governor Terry Branstad’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for six counties that have been ravaged by Missouri River flooding. If granted, the disaster declaration will trigger the release of federal emergency assistance resources to Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties to aid their response to flooding that began on May 25, 2011 and is continuing. King initiated the congressional letter of support for the state’s request.

“Missouri River flooding is doing extensive damage to western Iowa, and I am asking the President to grant the state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration,” said King. “From Sioux City to Hamburg, this flood is consuming homes, businesses, farmland, and infrastructure, and the damage will continue to mount as the water remains with us over the summer. With the support of Iowa’s House delegation behind the state’s request, the President should not hesitate to issue a disaster declaration that will allow federal resources to strengthen ongoing recovery and relief efforts.”

King’s letter to President Obama notes that Governor Branstad has asked for a Major Disaster Declaration after determining that the ongoing Missouri River flooding “is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance is necessary.”

The text of the letter Congressman King sent to President Obama is included below:

June 19, 2011

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D. C.

Dear Mr. President,

We respectfully request that you grant the request made June 18, 2011, by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, for a declaration of a major disaster for the State of Iowa as a result of severe flooding that began on May 25, in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties. Governor Branstad has determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and that supplementary Federal assistance is needed.

We thank you for your prompt consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Steve King, Tom Latham, Leonard Boswell, Bruce Braley, Dave Loebsack
Members of Congress

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