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.

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“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.