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February 25, 2010
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- When City of Ottumwa officials were dealing with debris removal in the aftermath of the historic floods of 2008, city officials applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help with the costs. When part of the Great Western Trail in Warren County was washed out by the floods of 2008, the Warren County Conservation Board applied to FEMA for assistance in repairing the trail.
February 25, 2010
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- It opened in 1928 as the RKO Iowa Theater. Katherine Hepburn performed there in 1940. In 1980, the Iowa Theater became the home of Theater Cedar Rapids. But in 2008, the Cedar River rose to 32 feet, 20 feet above flood stage, and tried to close the Iowa Theater Building for good. Like many parts of Cedar Rapids, however, the Iowa Theater Building is back…and better than ever. The Iowa Theater will re-open Friday, Feb. 26, with the stage production of “The Producers”. The black-tie event is sold out.
February 4, 2010
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- Officials from the National Weather Service recently stated that Iowa is at risk for significant flooding this spring after winter storms produced excessive snowfall just before Christmas of 2009 and a January 2010 ice storm. In the wake of the National Weather Service announcement, officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with its state partners at Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), are encouraging Iowans to purchase flood insurance now to protect their property from flood damage.
February 1, 2010
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The two Queen Ann style houses on Third Street, built in the 1890s, were determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. They were also directly in the path of the EF-5 tornado that destroyed almost half of Parkersburg, Iowa on May 25, 2008. How do you replace history? You can’t and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) know this.
January 19, 2010
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- After watching the town he lives in get inundated with flood waters in the historic Iowa floods of 2008, Tom Watson of Palo, Iowa knows that you can’t stop the water from flowing. But with a little ingenuity, and some good old fashioned common sense, Watson and Palo officials have come up with ways so waters from swollen streams can be diverted or siphoned off to lessen the impact of future flooding and protect the citizens and business owners of Palo.
January 14, 2010
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- Frank Stephen was going to take life a little more easily in 2009. He was going to retire after owning and operating Dostal Catering Service in Cedar Rapids for the last 20 years. But two things threw a monkey wrench into Stephen’s retirement hopes. The biggest wrench was called the Iowa Floods of 2008. The Cedar River, blocks from the Dostal Catering Service building, crested at record levels, swamping his business. The second thing was that Stephen didn’t have any flood insurance.
December 21, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- In the 18 months since a tornado leveled parts of Parkersburg and New Hartford, and floods covered much of Iowa, more than $1.27 billion has been approved for response and recovery programs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Iowa’s Homeland Security and EMD, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. These programs were authorized under the Presidential disaster declaration (FEMA-1763-DR-IA) made on May 25, 2008. In that time, Iowans have rebuilt, repaired, or removed much of what the twister and flood waters left behind.
November 19, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- One resident of Des Moines spent last Thanksgiving huddled in his living room, the only part of his house still livable after the 2008 floods. He’ll spend this Thanksgiving in his transformed home thanks to the efforts of Iowa’s hard-working volunteer agencies.
October 23, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that the Direct Housing Assistance program, which was slated to end on November 27, has been extended for a period of seven months. The program will now end on June 27, 2010. “This extension will help those working so hard to put their lives back together, to complete the transition to their own permanent housing after the floods of 2008,” said Iowa Recovery Center Director Kay Phillips.
October 22, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- More Iowans displaced from their homes because of the floods of 2008 are moving out of FEMA-supplied temporary housing units and into a permanent residence. As of October 21, 124 families remain in the units, down from 197 on August 18, 2009. Just over a year ago (Oct. 7, 2008), 564 families were staying in the temporary units at the peak of the disaster.

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