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

June 3, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Less than two weeks after 13 Iowa counties were declared a disaster area, recovery is well underway. Federal and state programs are in place, personnel are in the field assessing damage, and planning for prevention of future losses. Checks are being sent to storm victims who have applied for disaster assistance.
June 2, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- More than $1,000,000 in disaster housing assistance grants have been issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for those affected by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes, May 16-29. "Meeting housing needs for storm victims is our top priority and this is just the beginning," Federal Coordinating Officer Curt Musgrave said. Checks have been written to 542 applicants. "Many more applications are being processed and damage inspections are underway."
June 2, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Three more Iowa counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that struck the state between May 16 and May 29, disaster recovery officials announced today. On Wednesday, June 2, Butler, Clinton, and Crawford counties were added to the counties eligible for federal disaster assistance. This brings to 13 the number of Iowa counties eligible for this aid. They are Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Harrison, Jones, and Linn.
June 2, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- State and federal disaster recovery officials are advising Iowa residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean-up and repair their homes and businesses. "In disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others," warns Jerry Ostendorf, state coordinating officer for Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD).
May 29, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Disaster officials of both Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge owners of flood-damaged property and building contractors working in the affected area to check with local zoning officials before making extensive repair or rebuilding flood-damaged property.
May 29, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Nobody can stop a flood. Nobody can erase the bad memories and financial loss. But having flood insurance can go a long way toward putting the pieces back together.

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