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Palo Alto County Receives State Disaster Declaration

By Staff | Jul 1, 2008

Even though Palo Alto County avoided major damages in the recent spate of flooding, storm-related damage sustained in the county has prompted a disaster declaration. Governor Chet Culver added Palo Alto and Pocahontas counties to the list of Iowa counties declared disaster areas due to storm damage sustained in June. The declarations mean 86 of Iowa’s 99 counties have been declared disaster areas.

Under the disaster proclamation signed by the Governor last week, Iowans with household incomes of up to 130 percent of federal poverty guidelines may apply for a grant of up to $3,300 to held recover from flood damage.

Localized flooding occurred in the county during a series of thunderstorms that passed through the area on June 11. Some of the county’s gravel roads sustained damage from washouts, and drainage ditches suffered washouts from increased volumes of storm water. Additionally, some homes did sustain minor basement flooding during the storms, which included tornado sightings in neighboring Clay and Emmet counties.

Persons who meet the qualifications for disaster assistance and sustained substantial losses are urged to contact Palo Alto County Emergency Management Director Mark Hunefeld at 712-852-4997 for further information.