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2013 Flooding

 

Here you will find information related to the flooding across the state. Click on the links to jump to a particular section.

Page last updated: Aug. 20, 2013

 

 

Assistance for Individuals

Donations

Emergency Supply Kits

Family Emergency Plan

Flood Preparation

Hazardous Materials

Health Information

Insurance

Media Contacts

News

Pets

Presidential Disaster Declaration

Propone Safety & Floods

Public Assistance

Road Information

Scams

Septic Tanks & Floods

Weather

Well Safety & Floods


Assistance for Individuals

Currently, there are no counties where Iowa Individual Assistance is available (all application periods have expired).

Donations

At this time, unsolicited donations of "stuff" is not needed. Cash is best. It doesn't need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and cash allows the receiving voluntary agency to direct the donation to where it is most urgently needed. Click here for a list of possible donation recipients.

 

Emergency Supply Kits

Find out what to put in your kit on the Be Ready Iowa website.

 

Family Emergency Plan

Learn what you need to put together a comprehensive family emergency plan on the Be Ready Iowa website.

 

Flood Preparation

Be Ready Iowa website - Checklist for preparing for a flood.


ISU Extension
- Flood-related information including clean-up, financial concerns, tips for businesses, crops and livestock, and more.

 

Hazardous Materials

Proper disposal of household hazardous materials is provided by a collection of facilities across the state. Learn more from the Iowa Deptartment of Natural Resources.

 

Health Information

Iowa Dept. of Public Health From information about using bleach in basements, immunizations, flooded sewage systems and mosquito bite prevention, find anything related to your health and flooding here.

 

Insurance

Flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period after purchase. For frequently asked questions, file a claim or find an agent, visit FEMA's FloodSmart.gov.

 

Media Contacts

515-725-3231

Available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. After staffing hours, please listen to instructions on how to be connected with the HSEMD Duty Officer.

Or, email us anytime and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible

 

News

For the latest press releases from HSEMD and the Governor's office, visit our Press Releases page.

 

Pets

Be Ready Iowa website

  • Most shelters do not accept pets. Learn how to prepare your pets for your possible evacuation.

Presidential Disaster Declarations

Iowa has received a total of four Presidential Disaster Declarations in 2013, three for flooding events. The most recent occurred July 31, 2013, for 10 counties (for Public Assistance) as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from June 21-28 (DR-4135) and on Aug. 20, two more counties were added (total number of counties covered by DR-4135 is 12): Allamakee, Audubon, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Grundy, Howard, Jones and Winneshiek.

 

On July 2, 2013, Iowa HSEMD received word that 47 counties had received a Presidential Disaster Declaration (for Public Assistance) due to impacts from severe weather during May 19-June 14 (DR-4126), and on Aug. 8, two more counties were added (total number covered by DR-4126 is 49): Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago, Worth and Wright.

 

On May 31, 2013, Iowa HSEMD received word that 19 counties had received a Presidential Disaster Declaration (for Public Assistance) due to impacts from severe weather during the period of April 17-30 (DR-4119): Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, and Wayne.

 

Propone Safety & Floods

Iowa Propane Gas Association website

 

Public Assistance

Under the federal Public Assistance program, FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. Sixty-two counties are now eligible for Public Assistance due to Presidential Disaster Declarations 4119, 4126, and 4135: Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cedar, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Muscatine, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth and Wright.

 

(Five counties are eligible for Public Assistance as a result of Presidential Disaster Declaration 4114: Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Sioux.)

 

Learn more about Public Assistance.

 

Road Information

Iowa Department of Transportation (511)

 

Scams

Beware of scams! Whether you are trying to help those impacted by disaster or you have been impacted and don't want to be taken advantage of, visit the Iowa Attorney General website for Storm and Flood Information.

 

Septic Tanks & Floods

Flooding of a private sewage system can be a hazardous situation for homeowners. It
may lead to a back-up of sewage in the home, contaminated drinking water, and lack of sanitation.

 

Click here for more information from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

 

Weather

Click here to link to information on the National Weather Service forecast offices that service Iowa.

Well Safety & Floods

If your water well is currently flooded or has been exposed to flooding conditions, contact an Iowa Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Certified Well Contractor for assistance in determining your well's safety. Learn more from the Iowa DNR.