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Governor Reynolds requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for July flooding and severe weather


DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds today signed a letter to be delivered to President Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for seven Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from severe storms and flooding from July 19-23, 2017.


The counties included in this request are: Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Mitchell.

The governor requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Program, which is used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after, the storms. Following a joint federal, state, and local preliminary damage assessment of the seven counties it was estimated the severe weather caused nearly $7 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program.


The governor also requested funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. The letter can be read in its entirety here.



Disaster loan outreach center open until Aug. 22 in Sumner


Gov. Reynolds announces SBA disaster assistance for 7 storm-damaged counties


AUG. 4, 2017 - Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared a disaster for seven Iowa counties impacted by severe storms and flooding July 19-23. Gov. Reynolds requested the SBA disaster declaration on Aug. 2.


The SBA disaster declaration makes assistance available in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette and Floyd counties. Affected residents and business owners in these counties may now apply for low-interest loans from the SBA.

Map of declared counties

Disaster loans up to $200,000 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 and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from happening again in the future.


For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.


Interest rates can be as low as 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.5 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 3.305 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based upon each applicant’s financial condition.


Impacted homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations in the designated counties may apply for assistance at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Sumner beginning Aug. 8.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Sumner Recycling Center
300 Pleasant St.
Sumner, IA 50674

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closes Aug. 22 at 5 p.m.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications on the SBA website. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 3, 2018



Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for four additional counties


Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for four additional counties

12 counties now covered by disaster proclamations for recent severe weather


JULY 25, 2017 - Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd and Kossuth counties in response to severe weather, heavy rains and flash flooding on July 21-22.

Gov. Reynolds previously issued disaster proclamations for eight counties impacted by this same weather event which began on July 19. Those counties are: Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Clinton, Fayette, Johnson and Winneshiek.


The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for qualifying residents of the four counties.

Map of the Iowa counties covered by disaster proclamations for storms July 19 and continuing


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 $40,320 for a family of three.

Grants are available for car or home repairs, clothing or food replacement and temporary housing expenses. 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. Applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation (Sept. 8, 2017) to submit a claim.

Eligible residents of the counties that were previously included in disaster proclamations, Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Clinton, Fayette, Johnson and Winneshiek, have until Sept. 6, 2017, to apply for Individual Assistance.


Iowa Watershed Approach launches new website


Iowa Watershed Approach launches program website


JUNE 30, 2017 - The Iowa Watershed Approach officially launched its program website today at


Iowa Watershed Approach logoThe website will serve as a landing page for the entire Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) project, with basic information about the IWA, important documents, and links to all program partners and key stakeholders.


The IWA was created in 2016 when the State was awarded a $96.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The grant allows program partners to assist Iowa communities in their recovery from prior disasters as well as their ability to recover more quickly from future disasters.


Nine distinct watersheds across Iowa serve as project sites for the IWA: Bee Branch Creek in Dubuque, Upper Iowa River, Upper Wapsipinicon River, Middle Cedar River, Clear Creek, English River, North Raccoon River, West Nishnabotna River, and East Nishnabotna River.


The site, managed by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will highlight progress made toward the six goals identified in the award. They include reducing flood risk, improving water quality, increasing resilience, engaging stakeholders, improving quality of life and health, and developing a program that can be replicated throughout the Midwest and the nation.


The IWA Program is a collaboration of numerous agencies, universities, non-profits, and municipalities. Partners include: Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management, University of Iowa/Iowa Flood Center, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance, local Resource Conservation & Development offices, local Council of Governments offices, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Association of Counties, Silver Jackets Flood Risk Management Team, and many more.



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Application period opens for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs


JULY 12, 2017 - FEMA has announced the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program for FY 2017, which includes the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. These HMA grant programs will provide funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, and communities for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. Funding amounts are based on Congressional appropriation. Click here to read more about these funding opportunities.