Winneshiek County is among 10 counties listed in a letter from Governor Terry Branstad to President Barack Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Branstad signed the letter this week(governor.iowa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Letter-for-Presidential-Disaster-Declaration.pdf) to be delivered to President Obama, requesting the declaration for 10 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rains and thunderstorms resulting in severe flooding beginning June 21 and continuing through June 28.

If granted, this would be the state's fourth Presidential Disaster Declaration since April.

The governor is also making the request for federal Public Assistance Program funding on behalf of Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Howard, Jones and Winneshiek counties.

A joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessment of the 10 counties found severe weather caused an estimated $5.27 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program. Public Assistance funds may be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after the storms.