Disaster proclamation issued for Taylor County


May 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad has issued an emergency disaster proclamation for Taylor County to help the county recover from tornado damage. The proclamation was issued Thursday. It will allow state resources to be used to respond and recover from Wednesday’s storm.

Resources, such as Iowa Department of Transportation trucks and equipment and Iowa Department of Natural Resources personnel will be used to help remove debris in and around the town of Lenox, which suffered the most damage.

The proclamation also provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with maximum incomes of $37,000 for a family of three. The grant program allows local authorities to establish a voucher system to help people who don’t have the up-front funds to begin repairs.