Iowa governor signs emergency proclamation for 21 counties

Published 9:47 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation that allows state resources to be used in response to flooding in the state.

Reynolds on Thursday also activated the state emergency operations center to coordinate the flood response and help monitor rapidly evolving conditions.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings and a wind advisory for Thursday afternoon and evening in portions of Iowa, and said river flooding will continue through the weekend due to excessive runoff from recent rainfall and snowmelt.

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The governor’s action allows people in 21 counties to qualify for grants to cover flood-related expenses.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said it has closed all or part of nine state parks due to rising flood waters.