Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1518)

Incident period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 25, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 14, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa farmers and ranchers who experienced losses due to recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for assistance through a variety of programs, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM).
June 11, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- State and federal officials urge owners of property damaged by recent severe storms and floods and building contractors working in the affected areas to check with local building officials before rebuilding or making extensive repairs. Under no circumstance should repairs or rebuilding begin before issuance of appropriate permits, they say. “Before starting any work, it is important that you make sure you have the proper permits,” said Steve Zimmerman of Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HLSEM).
June 10, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Even though President Bush has designated Friday a federal holiday, six Disaster Recovery Centers will remain open that day to serve Iowans affected by recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes. In addition, hours have changed for the center in Waukee. “Iowans may visit any center that they wish,” said Thomas Costello, Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster. “They don’t need to live or work in a county to go to a center located there.”
June 9, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thirty additional Iowa counties have been approved to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to repair or replace infrastructure damaged by the tornadoes, flooding, and severe storms that began May 19, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) announced today. The counties had previously been eligible to apply for assistance only for debris removal and emergency protective measures.
June 8, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two weeks after the Presidential disaster declaration for Iowa, more than $2.6 million in grants and low-interest disaster loans has been approved for Iowans affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM). The following is an update of recovery activities in Iowa as of close of business on June 7, 2004:
June 8, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ten Iowa counties are eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to repair or replace infrastructure damaged by the tornadoes, flooding, and severe storms that began on May 19, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) announced today.

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