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Disaster Assistance Available For Iowa

By Staff | Aug 5, 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Iowa and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 12-13, 2010.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Des Moines and Lee.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Thomas A. Hall has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Hall said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Disaster Aid to Iowa

Chuck Grassley said President Barack Obama declared a major disaster declaration for Iowa, triggering the release of FEMA funds to help communities recover from the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred on June 1 and continue.

“I’m glad to see this disaster recognized by President Obama,” Grassley said.  “These funds will help Iowans continue cleaning up the damage caused by these storms.”

FEMA will provide help to Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Clay, Davis, Decatur, Franklin, Howard, Humboldt, Iowa, Lee, Lyon, Madison, Marion, Mills, Monroe, Montgomery, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Ringgold, Shelby, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Wayne, Webster and Wright counties through the Public Assistance program.  The Public Assistance program assists state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

All Iowa counties are also eligible to apply for assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant program.  The Hazard Mitigation Grant program assists state and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

Grassley sent a letter to President Obama asking him to grant Governor Chet Culver’s request to declare Iowa a major disaster area as a result of the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred on June 1 and continue.