Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials said they sent pumps to Scott, Cedar, Clinton, Johnson and Jones counties to aid in flood-fighting efforts.

The Iowa Department of Transportation sent sand to the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville where inmates from the Department of Corrections will fill sandbags.

“To my knowledge, this is the extent of the assistance that has been requested from the state thus far,” Stefanie Bond, spokeswoman for the homeland security department wrote in an e-mail Thursday. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”

Gov. Terry Branstad is in China this week. Spokesman Tim Albrecht said the governor has the sole authority to declare a disaster and can do so over the phone, if necessary.

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