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Obama Declares Iowa Disaster Area for April Storms

Updated: Friday, May 31 2013, 03:28 PM CDT

(Cedar Rapids April 17, 2013)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS 2/FOX 28) - President Barack Obama Friday declared Iowa a "major disaster" area - but not due to all the recent flooding.

Instead, the President was acting on a request for federal help from a series of powerful storms which swept across the state April 17-30th.

hose storms were a combination of straight-line winds and flooding which significantly damaged homes, farms, power lines and businesses.

The designation frees up federal funding to pay for emergency repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storms and flooding.

The declaration includes Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne counties.

Obama Declares Iowa Disaster Area for April Storms

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