Gov. Branstad Gives Update on Iowa Flooding Situation

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held their weekly news conference Monday to brief the media on flood relief efforts by state government. Joining the morning briefing was Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director, Mark Schouten.

This past week the governor and Schouten toured flooded areas of northwest Iowa, including Rock Rapids and Rock Valley. The governor said he was “moved by the outpouring of support the communities are receiving.” He added that proclamations of disaster for eight counties will enable state resources to those areas to help with relief. The state is also working to help local counties be eligible for assistance from the federal government.

Here is a list of state resources provided so far:

Buena Vista County: 40 road barricades.
Cedar County: Inmate assistance with debris removal.
Franklin County: 1 three inch pump, 80 clean up kits.
Hancock County: 75 cleanup kits, pumps for the town of Klemme.
Lyon County: Pumps for Rock Rapids and George, established a shelter in Rock Rapids for displaced residents, traffic control support for Rock Rapids.
Plymouth County: 20,000 sand bags, pump for the town of Akron.
Pocahontas County: 10,000 sand bags to protect power station in Rolfe.
Sioux County: 250,000 sand bags, 6 pumps for Rock Valley, 5 loads of sand, and 30 road barricades.