Iowa Asks For Presidential Disaster Declaration For Heavy January Snow

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(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is asking for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for eighteen Iowa counties due to heavy snowfall during the January winter storms. The state's estimating the snowfall caused more than 8-million dollars in damage.

The governor requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Program for Adair, Black Hawk, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Delaware, Dubuque, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Lucas, Montgomery, Polk, Scott, Story, Wapello, and Washington counties for the significant record-breaking snowfall that occurred between January 8 through January 14, 2024. 


The Governor's Office maintains funding under the Public Assistance program can be used for costs related to snow removal, de-icing, salting, sanding of roads and other eligible facilities, and other emergency protective measures including but not limited to search and rescue and sheltering.  

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