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 27, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Jerry Ostendorf, state coordinating officer for the Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) announced that five briefings for officials from 10 counties declared disaster areas have been scheduled. These meetings are to help officials of local governmental agencies and eligible non-profit organizations apply for federal disaster assistance to help with emergency and permanent repair work in the wake of recent severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes.
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. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with Iowa officials to help 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."
May 27, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Public health officials urge residents of Iowa counties affected by the recent severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes who rely on private wells to have their water system inspected and tested if any of the following conditions exist:
May 26, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Less than a week after President Clinton declared 10 Iowa counties a federal disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) have teams in the field and disaster assistance programs are in action.
May 25, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports major flooding continues to be registered at points along the Wapsipinicon River in Iowa, while a crest is bringing minor to moderate flooding downstream on the Mississippi River. The Wapsipinicon River crested late last night near De Witt near its confluence with the Mississippi River at a near-record of 13.4 feet, which is 3.4 feet above flood stage. The last time the river was this high was in 1990 when the record of 14.2 feet was set.
May 25, 1999
News Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Ten Iowa counties are now eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to repair or replace public facilities damaged by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes on May 16, disaster recovery officials announced today. The counties eligible for the Public Assistance Program are Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Harrison, Jones, and Linn. All of the counties were previously eligible for individual assistance for homeowners, renters, and business owners.

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