How to qualify and apply for help after flooding and storms in Iowa

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Storm damage in Clinton, Iowa 6-30-14 (WQAD Photo by Drew Clark)

Flooding and storms that began just before the Independence Day holiday prompted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to issue disaster emergency proclamations for several counties in and near the Quad Cities area.

Flooding and severe weather were a persistent threat affecting parts of Iowa since June 26, 2014.  Severe storms left behind damage in the Quad Cities and nearby areas June 30, and those storms were followed by flooding on the Mississippi, Rock, Iowa, Cedar and Green rivers.

Gov. Branstad proclaimed a disaster emergency for Scott and Shelby counties Monday, July 7, 2014.  He issued the same declaration for Polk County the following day.  Disaster proclamations were also previously made for Jackson, Johnson, Muscatine, Cedar, Clinton and Lee counties in connection with those same storms and flooding.

The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level.  The money can be used for home or car repairs, to replace food and clothing and to pay for temporary housing.  Original receipts are required for reimbursement of actual expenses related to storm recovery.

Applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim under the program.  The deadline for Scott County applications was August 21, 2014.  The deadline for Clinton and Lee counties was August 18.  The deadline for Cedar, Jackson, Johnson and Muscatine counties was August 15.

The governor’s proclamations also allow state resources to be used to help disaster communities recover from the storms.

For more information and an application for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, click here.