Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:37 GMT — Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking federal aid to help 22 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad said in a news release Tuesday that he signed a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a presidential disaster declaration. Funding from the public assistance program would help rebuild damaged infrastructure including roads, bridges and culverts. The severe weather between June 26 and July 7 produced damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, hail and thunderstorms. The counties under the request are Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Mahaska, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Tama and Washington.
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