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Governor Branstad activates Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Louisa County

 

July 23 - Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Louisa County. This is in response to the flooding and severe weather that began June 26, 2014.


The governor’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program.


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.

 

Map of counties covered by governor's disaster proclamations for June 2014 storms

The governor has issued disaster proclamations for 68 counties in Iowa due to June storms. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program has been activated for 40 counties.


For your own safety DO NOT drive around or move barricades, or drive around heavy machinery that is being used in flood cleanup - even if the water has receded and is no longer covering the roadway. Some roads that have been flooded have been undermined by the flooding and are not safe! Driving across these roads can cause more damage to the road, possibly causing more repair work and extending time that the roads are closed - or causing damage to your vehicle.