Branstad to visit flood-damaged towns


July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is set to visit three flood-damaged towns in western Iowa. Branstad and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator Brig. Gen. Derek Hill are set to visit with local officials in Blencoe, Missouri Valley and Pacific Junction today (Wednesday).

Branstad’s office also says that the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and county officials will start conduct assessments in six counties beginning today.

Branstad asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week for a Secretarial Disaster Designation for Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties.