Weather Related Delays and Closings

Task Force to Deal with Natural Disaster Relief

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JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Disaster after disaster tore through Iowa earlier this summer,

Now a team of people is trying to help those affected by Mother Nature. Gov. Terry Branstad is directing a task force to come up with long term plan for dealing with this season's storms.

People from 25 public and private agencies met at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston Wednesday.

Three Presidential Disaster Declarations have been issued since June, affecting 56 Iowa counties. People in the northwest and eastern parts of the state were the hardest hit.

The state will get about $36 million from the federal government, which will be spent on repairing infrastructure like roads and bridges.

"There are people who have suffered significantly because of the severe weather because of the flooding, and we want to help them get back on their feet,” says Mark Schouten, chair of the task force.

The task force will meet again at the end of September.

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