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Iowa Flood: Gov. Signs Formal Disaster Proclamation, National Guard Deployed

26 Sep 2016, 10:55 am

Over the weekend, Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard Tim Orr, and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten toured flood damage in Clarksville, and Shell Rock,Iowa and assessed flood preparedness plans underway in Cedar Rapids.

Palo, Iowa residents race to beat flood

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Due to recent heavy rains, the Cedar River and many streams are at, or above, flood levels, engulfing several Iowa communities and forcing many Iowans out of their homes. With additional thunderstorms occurring in Iowa during the past weekend, there are heightened concerns for the safety and security of Iowans. More than a dozen of Iowa’s 99 counties have been declared state disaster areas.

Vinton, Iowa Flooding

The water levels in Vinton, Iowa will be cresting early Monday morning. .

Posted by WeatherNation on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

Gov. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 16 counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn, Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Mitchell, Worth and Wright.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe flooding.  The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those four counties. In addition, Gov. Branstad’s proclamation activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in the response to, the mitigation of, and the recovery from the effects of the disaster as needed.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the current federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $40,320, 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.

Iowa Flooding

WeatherNation field teams continue to cover the ongoing flooding in Iowa. One thing they have noticed is the amount of support that has flooded into the region. Complete strangers are showing up to help prepare for the flooding.

Posted by WeatherNation on Sunday, September 25, 2016

State Resources

Resources that have been provided include:

  • More than 180,000 sandbags (4 dump truck loads of sand)
  • 27 water pumps and hoses
  • 65 pallets of flood barriers, equal to 4,320 linear feet
  • 50 traffic barricades
  • Assistance to local law enforcement
  • 7 members of Iowa’s Incident Management Team to assist with response operations in Linn County
  • 680 flood clean-up kits
  • 10 dump trucks
  • 1 communications trailer to help responders communicate
  • 1 portable shower trailer unit
  • 3 pallets of bottled water

The State continues to work with local officials in northern and eastern Iowa to assist with planning and provide them with resources as they prepare for the potential flooding.

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Posted by WeatherNation on Sunday, September 25, 2016


400 National Guard troops deployed to assist in flood response and recovery:

Just as they did during record floods in 1993, 2008 and 2010, Iowa’s Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have responded quickly in assisting Iowa communities as part of their State mission, partnering with federal, state, county, and local officials.

According to Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, “Based on the information Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management has shared with the Joint Operations Center, I have made a decision to bring in 11 Iowa National Guard liaisons to work with County Emergency Management Coordinators for early identification of possible National Guard missions, and to anticipate where support may be needed to prevent loss of life and critical infrastructure.

“We have activated a total of 11 county liaisons/Guard Emergency Situational Awareness Contacts (GESAC). They are located in Floyd, Bremer, Blackhawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Linn, Butler, Johnson, Louisa, and Muscatine Counties,” said Orr.

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