The Ottumwa Courier

May 8, 2013

Disaster declaration expands aid


OTTUMWA — Gov. Terry Branstad has declared disasters in several area counties, extending the reach of assistance for flood damage.

The new declaration includes Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Marion, Monroe, Van Buren and Wapello counties, along with several others. The declaration allows residents to seek state grants to help with expenses related to flooding.

The region saw tremendous rains over the past several weeks, including record breaking rainfall in April. In a two-day period much of the area saw more rain than the previous four months combined.