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FEMA Assistance Denied To Iowa

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Decision On Indvidual Assistance Likely To Be Appealed

Iowa was notified late last week by Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate that the state’s request for activation of the Federal Individual Assistance Program for Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties has been denied.

Mills County was not included in the original request due to a low number of significantly affected homes in our area during the original assessment process.

“We know the governor plans to appeal this issue with FEMA,” said Larry Hurst, Mills County Emergency Manager. “Based on the simple facts that the flood is still occurring and as the waters slowly recede, new damage will be revealed which will have further impact to those already fighting through this flooding event. Mills County will continue to assess damage to private homes in the flood area, and we are anticipating a formal damage assessment with representatives from FEMA and the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division staff as soon as we can access our most damaged properties. At that time, we believe Mills County can be added to the request process along with those counties indicated above.”

The FEMA Individual Assistance Program is made available to homeowners, renters and businesses and can include grants and low interest loans to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs.

“At this time, it is important that damages to private homes be reported as soon as they are identified,” Hurst said. “Residents of the flood area are requested to contact staff at 527-4231 to report any changes to their property status. This information will greatly assist us in making a case for Mills County in the future.”

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program is available for those residing in the potential flood area that meet the income guidelines. This program can provide assistance with flood-related expenses, such as rent or storage fees. Call 527-4231 or go online to www.millscountyflood.org for additional information.