DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation to allow state resources to be used to respond to flooding in portions of the state.
Reynolds also on Thursday activated the state emergency operations center to coordinate the response to flooding and help monitor rapidly-evolving conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and a wind advisory for Thursday afternoon and evening for portions of Iowa and says river flooding will continue through the weekend due to excessive runoff from recent rainfall and snow melt.
The governor’s action allows individuals in 21 counties in northern and western Iowa to qualify for grants for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it has closed all or part of nine state parks due to rising flood water.