UPDATE: Mitchell County Now Included in Disaster Declaration

Gov. Terry Branstad, (R) Iowa
Gov. Terry Branstad, (R) Iowa

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s office is adding eight counties to a disaster declaration that was first announced Tuesday.  Mitchell County, along with Benton, Grundy, Johnston, Louisa, Lyon, Poweshiek, and Wapello counties are now included.  Those in Mitchell County can also apply for the Individual Assistance Program described below.

FROM TUESDAY:

DES MOINES, IA — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is issuing a disaster proclamation for 13 counties, including some in north Iowa.

According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Butler, Floyd, and Wright counties are joined by Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Mahaska, Marshall, Plymouth, Sioux and Tama in the disaster declaration.  The statement says the declaration is in response to recent storms and flooding in northwest and central Iowa.

The proclamation allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the storms’ effects, “including the removal of debris and wreckage on publicly or privately owned property that may threaten health and safety, ” according to the statement.

Lower-income residents in all counties in the declaration except Ida and Mahaska counties may also be eligible for monetary grants through the Iowa Individual Assistance Program.  The program provides up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060 for a family of three.  These grants can be used for home or car repair, replacement of food or clothing, and to pay for temporary housing expenses.  Original receipts are required for reimbursement.

Click here to apply.  Applications must be received within 45 days of May 28, 2013.

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