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

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.
May 28, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Having a safe room built into your house can help you protect yourself and your family from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds. Emergency response personnel and people cleaning up after tornadoes often have found an interior room of a severely damaged home still standing when little of the rest of the house remains.
May 28, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Family valuables and heirlooms can sometimes be saved after they've been damaged by water in a disaster such as the storms, flooding and tornadoes that recently struck Iowa, Curt Musgrave, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort, said.
May 28, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- To further help individuals and businesses affected by recent storms and flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Iowa will open four Disaster Recovery Centers Tuesday (June 1) in eastern Iowa. Dunkerton Volga 509 S. Canfield 505 Washington St. Behind the School In the Civic Center Fayette Independence Clark & North Streets Highway 150 North In the Methodist Church In the Falcon Civic Center
May 28, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Disaster officials of both Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warn owners of flood-damaged homes to proceed cautiously and prepare carefully before returning to their residences. Renters and homeowners should assume that anything touched by floodwater is contaminated. Mud left by floodwater can contain chemicals from sources as varied as your garden chemicals to a neighbor's propane tank to the oven cleaner you stored in the kitchen.
May 27, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Less than a week after President Clinton declared 10 Iowa counties disaster areas, more than $250,000 in disaster housing assistance grants have been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for those affected by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that began on May 16, 1999. "Meeting housing needs for storm victims is our top priority and this is just the beginning," Federal Coordinating Officer Curt Musgrave said. "Many more applications are being processed and damage inspections are underway."

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