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Gov. Reynolds calls special meeting of state response agencies, tours flood damaged areas

This news story was published on June 24, 2018.
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Governor meets with emergency responders. Image via Twitter.

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special meeting of the state’s response agencies at the State of Iowa’s Emergency Operations Center at Camp Dodge in Johnston late Friday afternoon and toured flood damaged areas Saturday.

The governor called the meeting to be briefed on the state’s response to damage caused by flooding events in numerous counties. The governor has already issued disaster proclamations for 18 counties. The governor was also briefed on a train derailment and crude oil spill near Doon in Lyon County.

The governor was briefed by representatives of the following agencies: the Department of Public Safety; the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; the Iowa National Guard; the Department of Public Health; the Department of Transportation; the Department of Corrections; the Department of Human Services; and the Department of Natural Resources.

These eight agencies are those primarily responsible for the State of Iowa’s immediate response to disaster situations and can be called together rapidly in order to address emergency situations if an elevated level of coordination is required.

Gov. Reynolds toured affected areas of the state on Saturday, June 23.

“As I toured damage in northwestern Iowa today, I was impressed by the coordinated efforts of county & state emergency management,” the Governor said via social media. “I also appreciated the volunteers who stepped in. It’s what I love about our state – we help each other!”

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