Branstad, Reynolds Brief on Iowa Flood Response

Iowa flooding of 2016

(DES MOINES) – This morning, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds provided an update on the Iowa flood response.

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 Clarkesville and Shell Rock and assessed flood preparedness plans underway in Cedar Rapids. To view pictures of those visits, please visit Gov. Branstad’s Facebook page at:  Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds will be assessing flood damage today in the cities of Charles City and Greene. The full schedule is provided below.

Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

Today, Gov. Terry Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for an additional four counties: Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Mitchell, and Worth.

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.

On Sept. 23, 2016, Gov. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright.

State Resources

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is coordinating the delivery of state resources to the affected areas.  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
  • 400 National Guard troops deployed to assist in flood response and recovery
  • 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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Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

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