Iowa Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes (DR-1277)

Incident period: May 16, 1999 to May 29, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 21, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 14, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Iowa victims of the May 16-29 storms who have not yet applied for federal disaster assistance have only one more week to apply. July 20, 1999 is the last day to file applications for most disaster assistance programs, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
June 23, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline will be out of service on Friday, June 25, 1999, for maintenance. The Helpline is normally closed on Saturday and Sunday. The maintenance update will allow FEMA to better serve applicants who have already registered and still have questions about available programs or the status of their applications. Beginning Monday, June 28th the Helpline will be back online and available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) Monday through Friday.
June 23, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Chickasaw County is now eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to repair or replace public facilities damaged by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes May 16-29, disaster recovery officials announced today. The addition of Chickasaw County brings the number of Iowa counties eligible for federal aid to 16. They are Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Harrison, Jones, Linn, Montgomery, and Scott.
June 19, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Iowa residents and business owners recover from severe storms, floods, and tornadoes that occurred May 16-29. The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts for the period ending June 18, 1999.
June 18, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- State and federal officials have announced June 25 as the deadline for applying for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for people who are out of work due to storms, flooding, and tornadoes that struck the state in May. Residents of Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Harrison, Jones, and Linn counties have one week left to apply. Individuals must apply during the open application period, even if they do not expect to receive benefits immediately.
June 18, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that public officials have until Wednesday, June 23, 1999, to apply for federal disaster assistance. Federal disaster assistance may include reimbursement of 75% of the costs to repair, restore, or replace damaged infrastructure such as roads, bridges, utilities and public facilities to their pre-disaster condition. This assistance also includes money to reimburse eligible costs associated with emergency protective measures and emergency debris removal.

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