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President Obama issues Presidential Disaster Declaration for nine Iowa counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:30
Governor Branstad requests second Presidential Disaster Declaration for 26 counties

 

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad received word today that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for nine counties impacted by severe weather in June.

The counties included in the declaration are: Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne.

The governor sent the request for a declaration on July 7 in response to significant damage that was caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred June 3-4. This is Iowa’s first Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2014.

The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.

The Governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure.

This Presidential Disaster Declaration is the 19th Major Presidential Disaster Declaration Iowa has received since March 2007.

New Presidential Disaster Declaration request for 26 counties

 

Also today, Governor Branstad signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a second Presidential Disaster Declaration for Iowa as a result of severe storms, damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, hail and flooding that occurred June 14-23.

The 26 counties in the request are: Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright.

Iowa HSEMD requests additional damage assessments for four counties

 

In addition, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) sent a request today to FEMA requesting damage assessments in four counties as a result of severe weather and flooding that occurred June 26 and continuing. The damage assessments, which will primarily cover public infrastructure, will be conducted jointly with HSEMD and other state officials as well as local and federal partners. Results of the damage assessments could be used to determine if a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration is warranted. Damage assessments will be conducted in the following counties: Benton, Keokuk, Tama and Washington.

Governor Branstad issues Disaster Proclamation for Chickasaw County

 

Governor Branstad today issued a disaster proclamation for Chickasaw County as a result of severe storms that occurred beginning June 26. The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

In addition, today’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Chickasaw County, as well as Benton and Des Moines counties, for which he had issued disaster proclamations on July 10 and July 2, respectively.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

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U.S. Small Business Administration offers Disaster Assistance following Gov. Branstad’s request PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 11 July 2014 15:02

Low-interest federal disaster loans available to residents and business owners; Available in primary counties of Lyon and Sioux, and neighboring counties of Cherokee, O’Brien, Osceola and Plymouth

 

(DES MOINES) – Following Gov. Terry E. Branstad’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Iowa residents and business owners affected by severe weather events that occurred from June 14-23, 2014. The U.S. Small Business Administration acted after receiving the request from Branstad on July 7, 2014.

The SBA assistance is available for residents in the primary Iowa counties of Lyon and Sioux, and the neighboring Iowa counties of Cherokee, O’Brien, Osceola and Plymouth.

Individuals and businesses interested in the SBA disaster loan program may visit the following offices beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, to get more information:


Lyon County

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

114 First Avenue

Rock Rapids, Iowa

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Sioux County

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Faith Reformed Church

1305 7th Street

Rock Valley, Iowa

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Disaster loans are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from the SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 1-800-659-2955 or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hearing of hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 8, 2014.

Information in this release was provided by SBA press release. Find more information and view the release in its entirety here.

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Gov. Branstad takes additional action related to ongoing weather events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:40

Issues disaster proclamation for seven counties, temporarily suspends certain transportation weight restrictions, asks FEMA to conduct damage assessment

(DES MOINES)  - Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for seven counties in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather beginning June 26, 2014, temporarily lifted certain transportation weight restrictions and requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct assessments in 20 counties impacted by the June 26 and continuing storms.

The counties included in today’s disaster proclamation are Audubon, Grundy, Ida, Jasper, Keokuk, Poweshiek and Washington. The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

Also today, Gov. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency to temporarily suspend Iowa Department of Transportation weight restrictions in Plymouth and Sioux counties.

The proclamation will temporarily lift certain transportation restrictions on the movement of loads related to the repair of damage sustained to the railroad operated by D & I Railroad and owned by the State of South Dakota. The damage was caused by the June 14, 2014, and continuing severe storms. The suspension of weight provisions applies to loads transported on Iowa Highway 3, Iowa Highway 10 and Iowa Highway 12 in Plymouth and Sioux counties and excludes other Iowa roadways and interstate systems. D & I Railroad provides shipping service to multiple area companies, including agriculture and ethanol producers.

In addition, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) made a request today to FEMA to conduct damage assessments in 20 counties impacted by the June 26 and continuing storms. The damage assessments, which will primarily cover public infrastructure, will be conducted jointly by FEMA, HSEMD and local officials. Results of the damage assessments could be used to determine if a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration is warranted. Damage assessments will be conducted in the following counties: Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Muscatine and Poweshiek.

This is the fourth such request that HSEMD has made to FEMA to conduct damage assessments as a result of June severe weather.

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Gov. Branstad issues disaster proclamations for three more counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:23

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Polk County in addition to a proclamation of disaster emergency issued yesterday for Scott and Shelby counties.  This is in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather beginning June 26, 2014.

The governor’s proclamations allow State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

In addition, yesterday’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Scott and Shelby counties.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: REGISTER FOR XSTREAM CLEANUP TODAY! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandy Walvaert   
Monday, 07 July 2014 13:40

QUAD-CITIES—Xstream Cleanup, presented by Group O and Riverboat Development Authority, is seeking hundreds of volunteers to clean up about 40 sites in the Quad-Cities area on Saturday, August 9 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is open online at www.xstreamcleanup.org.

Cleanup sites are located in Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire and McCausland, Iowa; and Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis, Illinois.

Volunteers can choose to participate in light-duty or heavy-duty cleanup, storm-drain marking, or invasive plant removal. Removal of invasive plants is a bigger part of the cleanup this year because these harmful species negatively affect water quality in the Quad-Cities and beyond.

No previous cleanup experience is necessary, and supplies will be provided. A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 18.

All volunteers registered by July 23 are guaranteed to receive a free T-shirt.

Xstream Cleanup is made possible by generous support provided by the following: Riverboat Development Authority, Group O, Alcoa, Triumph Community Bank, Iowa American Water, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency, Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Wallace's Garden Center, Sears Seating, MidAmerican Energy, McCarthy Bush Corporation, DHL Global Forwarding, Alter Metal Recycling, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, Mel Foster Co., Midas Auto Systems Experts, Eagle View Group— Sierra Club, Radish Magazine, and Quad City Conservation Alliance.

For more information or to register, visit www.xstreamcleanup.org.

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