Flood Resources

Governor Reynolds today (7.16.2024) announced that the state’s Disaster Recovery Temporary Housing Program has received approval from FEMA and applications are now open.

“In the course of eight weeks, Iowa was hit with three extreme weather systems, impacting more than 5,000 homes, of which, it's estimated that more than 2,000 were destroyed,” said Governor Reynolds. “There is no more urgent need than ensuring displaced Iowans have temporary housing in the communities they call home while they recover and rebuild.”

As the governor announced last week in a press conference, the program provides temporary housing, which may include recreational vehicles and travel trailers, for up to six months at no cost for Iowans whose homes were majorly damaged, destroyed, or deemed not habitable in counties currently under a federal disaster declaration.

The following counties are currently eligible: Adair, Adams, Buena Vista, Cedar, Clay, Emmet, Jasper, Lyon, Montgomery, Obrien, Plymouth, Polk, Sioux, and Story. The recovery process and damage assessments are still ongoing and additional counties may become eligible.

Iowans whose primary residence is in a qualifying county must first apply for FEMA disaster assistance to be eligible for the program. You can register for FEMA Individual Assistance in the following ways:

· Visit DisasterAssistance.gov

· Call FEMA directly at 800-621-FEMA (3362)

· Download and use the FEMA app

· Visit any Disaster Recovery Center to apply or get application assistance

Homeowners must also have filed a claim with their insurance company and have received final approval or denial of their claim. Applicable FEMA and insurance documentation is requested as part of the application process, including, but not limited to their FEMA Individual Assistance case number.

Applications are open now at DisasterRecovery.iowa.gov. Additionally, a call center will be open beginning Wednesday, July 17, at 3 p.m., to assist Iowans who may not have access to a computer and those who may need general assistance. Beginning Thursday, July 18, the call center will be open daily, including Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. TTY and translation services are available.

To apply for the Disaster Recovery Temporary Housing Program:

· Go to DisasterRecovery.iowa.gov to complete an application

· Call Center: (608) 480-8808 or toll-free at (833) 307 6030

o Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM -8:00 PM; 7 days a week

o TTY and Translation services are available

For more information on disaster-related programs and resources available to Iowans, visit DisasterRecovery.iowa.gov.

Flood Recovery Update: Red Cross Recovery Team will be at Faith Reformed Church starting July 16 through Saturday, July 20. Their hours of operation will be 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. They are in Rock Valley to provide some financial assistance to those people impacted by the flood. If you apply you will need to provide proof of identification and proof of address (if your flooded property doesn’t match your driver’s license address). Financial assistance is based on the size of the household.

Here are some helpful links as cleanup begins. Those affected by the flooding can also find useful information about clean-up safety, restoring important items, and guidance on what to keep or throw out after a flood.

FEMA Flood Recovery Documentation

FEMA Cleaning Mold & Mildew

FEMA Repairing Your Flooded Home Guide

Cleaning and Disinfecting After a Flood

Disaster Cleanup & Repair For Your Home

Siouxland District Health Department Flood Resources

Flood Cleanup and Indoor Air Quality

Restoring Family Treasures

Please visit this site to learn more about water consumption and use safety. Those who have been affected by the flood can apply for grants to help with the cost of assessment and treatment of water.

Water Quality Information

DNR Flooded Well Information

Certified Well Contractor Information

Here are a few resources for animal food producers affected by flooding.

Livestock Indemnity Program

ELAP - Livestock Assistance

Fence and Land Restoration Assistance