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For Property Owners Impacted by Flooding - Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program Activated through Governor’s Proclamation

Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Monday, July 2, 2018 for Polk County in response to flooding and severe weather beginning Monday, July 2 and continuing.

The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents of Polk County. The grant program provides up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses not covered by insurance or other grant programs. 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 at http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. For information on the Individual Assistance Grant Program in Polk County, contact IMPACT Community Action Partnership at http://www.impactcap.org

Polk County Emergency Management ask residents impacted by the recent flooding to report damages to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. A.J. Mumm, Polk County Emergency Management Director commented, “Polk County residents are encouraged to report damages by calling 2-1-1 with information on the location of the residence impacted. This information helps us get a clear understanding what assistance residents may need and how these storms really impacted each community.”

Those impacted by the flooding are encourage to go to the Iowa Department of Public Health website http://www.idph.iowa.gov/flooding and view resources and information on how to safely clean up and recovery from a flooding event. Updated information on flooding and severe weather will be shared with local media and through the Polk County Emergency Management Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/polkcountyiaema/.

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