Webster County gets federal disaster proclamation

Webster County received a Presidential Declaration of Disaster Tuesday, according to an announcement from the White House.

The declaration was requested by state officials on June 19.

It will make federal money available it help pay for repairing rural roads and other infrastructure damaged by heavy rains between May 19 and June 14.

Presidential Declarations of Disaster were also issued Tuesday for Palo Alto, Sac and Wright counties. President Barack Obama issued such declarations for 47 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

The Webster County area was soaked with heavy rains in late May that damaged roads, mostly in rural areas. Riverside Trail near Kalo was particularly hard hit. Repairs to that road are estimated to cost $268,000.

Damages to that road alone made Webster County eligible for the presidential declaration. Tony Jorgensen, the Webster County emergency management coordinator, previously explained that the county had to reach a threshold of $132,000 in damage costs in order to be included in the request for the presidential declaration.

Gov. Terry Branstad issued a state proclamation of disaster emergency for Webster County on June 7.