Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for eight counties

Written by on May 30, 2013 in News

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for additional counties in response to recent storms and flooding.

Eight counties are included in this proclamation: Benton, Grundy, Johnson, Louisa, Lyon, Mitchell, Poweshiek and Wapello.

The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms, including for removal of debris and wreckage on publicly or privately owned land that may threaten public health and safety.

This proclamation of disaster emergency also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in the following five counties: Grundy, Johnson, Mitchell, Poweshiek and Wapello.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, 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 at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov. Applications must be received within 45 days of the date of proclamation, May 29, 2013.

The Governor issued proclamations of disaster emergency on May 28 for 13 counties: Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Floyd, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Mahaska, Marshall, Plymouth, Sioux, Tama and Wright. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program was also activated on May 28 for 11 of those counties: Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Floyd, Iowa, Jasper, Marshall, Plymouth, Sioux, Tama and Wright.

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