FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2014
CONTACT: HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov or (515) 725-3231 OR Governor's office (515) 281-5211

 

Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for five counties, will tour storm damage in Lyon and Sioux counties tomorrow


DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five counties in response to overnight storms: Cedar, Lyon, Plymouth, Pocahontas, and Sioux.


The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of storms and flooding. These resources may be used for flood protection or the removal of debris on publicly- or privately-owned land that may threaten public health and safety.


Some of the resources that have been deployed to date through Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management:

The State Emergency Operations Center is now partially staffed, and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the governor’s office continue to closely monitor the situation.


Branstad and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) Director Mark Schouten will survey damage in Lyon and Sioux counties tomorrow, June 18, 2014, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Following the tour in Rock Rapids, the pair will travel to Rock Valley, Iowa. A full schedule is below. All times are approximations.


Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of northwest Iowa as a band of strong storms passed through the state on Monday, June 16, 2014. In Lyon County, the Rock Rapids Water Treatment Plant is shut down due to flooding, and the community is coordinating with Pepsi to provide donated drinking water. Sioux County is taking precautions in preparation for flooding along the Rock River. Local emergency management officials have also reported bridges being washed out from significant rainfall.


Additionally, the governor’s office and Iowa HSEMD has re-launched Iowa Flood Central to provide Iowans and the press flood-related updates and resources. The governor’s office is encouraging media and citizens to use the hashtag #IAFlood when tweeting information regarding flooding occurring across Iowa.


The governor’s schedule for tomorrow is below. Please note all times are approximate. Please follow @TerryBranstad on Twitter for updates as the governor survey’s damage. Photos taken during the tour by the governor’s staff will be uploaded to Iowa Flood Central for media use.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


11:30 a.m.

Governor Branstad and HSEMD Director Mark Schouten survey storm damage
Survey tour will begin at the corner of S. Fourth Ave. and Tama St.
Rock Rapids, Iowa (Lyon County)


12:20 p.m.

Governor Branstad and HSEMD Director Mark Schouten meet with media following tour
Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
410 S. Boone St.
Rock Rapids, Iowa (Lyon County)

 

1 p.m.

Governor Branstad and HSEMD Director Mark Schouten survey storm damage
Rock Valley Fire Department
1700 11th St.
Rock Valley, Iowa (Sioux County)
Note: Officials will meet at fire department before departing for tour of community.

 

1:50 p.m.

Governor Branstad and HSEMD Director Mark Schouten survey storm damage
Rock Valley Fire Department
1700 11th St.
Rock Valley, Iowa (Sioux County)

 

For more information visit the Iowa Flood Central Tumblr page or the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s website.


The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.

 

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