Iowa Flood Central

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Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one county in response to recent storms and flooding.

The Governor’s proclamation, for Jackson County, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms and flooding.

Additional information on storms and flooding may be found at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov

 Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for two counties in response to recent storms and flooding.
 
The Governor’s proclamation, for Winneshiek and Worth counties, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms and flooding. In addition, the Governor’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in both counties.
 
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 $39,060, 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 at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

Overnight rain largely missed New Hartford allowing the city’s residents to return home on Wednesday, but rain in other locations in eastern Iowa have heightened concerns about flooding.

New Hartford residents were told Wednesday morning they could go home. They had been evacuated at 3 a.m. Tuesday as nearby Beaver Creek, normally a stream a couple feet deep turned into a fast-moving river far over its banks. About a third of the city of 500 was under about 3 feet of water.

"They are coming back but there are still streets where people can’t get down," said Mitch Nordmeyer, the Butler County emergency management director.

As he surveyed flood damage he found mostly flooded basements with no homes found yet with water in the first floor.

"We got extremely lucky," he said.

The flooding was due to more than 7 inches of rain that pounded the area Monday.

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Residents and business owners in the Buchanan County city of Independence are preparing for flooding the likes of which has never been seen here.

The Wapsipinicon River, which bisects the community, was expected to crest at 24 feet by Wednesday afternoon. The previous record high for the river at Independence was 22.35 feet, set in 1999.

“This will be a historic level for us, beyond anything we’ve had in the past,” said Charlie McCardle, commission secretary for Buchanan County Emergency Management.

McCardle said the storm that moved through Eastern Iowa Tuesday night into Wednesday morning dropped 4.5 to 6.1 inches of rain. By 10 a.m., the Wapsipinicon River had already breached its banks and was expected to inundate areas along the river.

Buchanan County officials don’t know at this time how many homes and businesses will be affected by the flood.

Governor Terry E. Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one county in response to recent storms and flooding.

 

Today, the Governor issued a proclamation to activate the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Clinton County. A governor’s proclamation of disaster emergency had been issued June 1 to make state resources available for disaster response in Clinton County.

 

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 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 at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

Gov. Branstad and HSEMD Administrator Schouten visit with home owners in Waukon.

Getting an update from local officials in Waukon

Touring flood affected neighborhoods in Waukon, IA.

Krieger Collision Center in Muscatine, Iowa, after possible tornado on June 24, 2013

Calvary Church in Muscatine Iowa following possible tornado on June 24, 2013

Calvary Church in Muscatine Iowa following possible tornado on June 24, 2013

The office of Gov. Terry E. Branstad tonight released additional details regarding tomorrow’s tour of flood-affected areas in Muscatine and Waukon with Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten.

The following events are open to the media (*all times are approximate and subject to change):

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
8:20 a.m.    Gov. Branstad and Mark Schouten tour Muscatine storm damage
Krieger Auto
Menard’s
Calvary Church
Muscatine, IA

9:15 a.m.    Gov. Branstad and Mark Schouten hold media availability
501 West Bypass Hwy 61
Muscatine, IA

10:35 a.m.  Gov. Branstad and Mark Schouten tour Waukon storm damage
                   Residential area at 4th Ave. SW and 5th St. SW
                   Business area at W. Main and 1st St. NW
                   Waukon, IA

11:20 a.m.  Gov. Branstad and Mark Schouten hold media availability
                   W. Main and 1st St. NW
                   Waukon, IA

Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five additional counties in response to recent storms and flooding.
 
The Governor declared a disaster in Appanoose, Lee, Muscatine, Wayne and Webster counties. In addition, the Governor has activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Fayette and Muscatine counties.
 
The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 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 at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.
 
For a list of counties that have received Governor’s proclamations in the aftermath of the storms and flooding that began May 19, visit www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.
 

Storms dropped about a quarter-inch of rain into the Iowa River basin Wednesday, but it had little effect on Johnson County’s flooding situation, officials said Thursday morning.

After reaching its long-awaited crest of 708.44 feet above sea level Wednesday afternoon — 3 1/2 feet below the top of the dam’s spillway at Coralville Lake — the reservoir’s elevation finally is on the downswing, which is welcome news for the those in northern Iowa City and rural Johnson County whose homes are currently underwater.

The next hurdle appears to be a storm system the National Weather Servive says is currently gaining strength and threatening to hit the area Saturday into Sunday. A tenth to a quarter of an inch is in the forecaste for Iowa City, but thunderstorms could bring a greater precipitation total.

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