DES MOINES - President Bush has signed an order increasing the federal share of federal disaster aid to Iowa to 90 percent of eligible costs.
Bush's order on Monday is retroactive to Aug. 8, the date a previous order expired.
Bush's disaster declaration for Iowa initially set disaster aid for floods and tornados that hit Iowa this spring at 75 percent of eligible costs for protective measures, such as sandbagging. On June 30, the federal share was increased to 90 percent, effective until Aug. 8.
Monday's order expands the disaster aid to cover other categories of FEMA aid, including debris removal and rebuilding of public facilities. It does not affect aid to homeowners.
Gov. Chet Culver had expressed frustration that the federal government has not extended the order. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who toured flood-damaged areas of Iowa on Monday, sent Bush a letter on Saturday asking him to increase the federal share of disaster aid for Iowa.