Equipment Companies Offer $$$ and Equipment for Flood Relief

June 22, 2008 07:00 PM
 
An AgWeb.com Farm Equipment Special

CNH (Case IH/New Holland) is pumping both dollars and equipment into the Midwest flood recovery effort. One of the hard-hit areas is Burlington, Iowa, where the construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer operates a plant employing some 600 workers.

According to the company’s announcement, the total relief effort, including money and machinery -- from the company and its dealers -- is expected to have a total value of $1 million.

Earlier, two CNH brands responded to the emergency situation by making equipment available for fortifying levees along the swollen Iowa and Mississippi rivers. Case Construction Equipment arranged for the use of several crawler dozers in Oakville, Iowa, and other trouble spots, including Green Bay Bottoms along the Mississippi River.

Similarly, New Holland Construction provided a D95B dozer and M428 telehandler for levee fortification and clean-up operations.

The John Deere Foundation has approved a $1 million grant to assist the American Red Cross in relief efforts for victims of flooding in the U.S. Midwest. The money was donated to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

"John Deere customers, employees, dealers and suppliers across the Midwest have all been impacted by this natural disaster," Amy Nimmer, president of the John Deere Foundation said. "We believe our donation and the donations of many others will assist all families in the region to recover and find hope in the future."

Flooding in the Midwest has seriously affected communities in five states, including Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Iowa has been the most severely impacted with more than 80 of its 99 counties declared disaster areas.


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