Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1763)

Incident period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 27, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

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.
October 2, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) will open an Iowa Recovery Center satellite office in Iowa City to sharpen the focus on the rebuilding effort involving University of Iowa projects in the aftermath of the 2008 floods.
October 2, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- Flood insurance specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will make a presentation and take questions on the program on Saturday, October 10 at Palo, Iowa. The presentation will take place at the monthly Palo town hall meeting at 9 a.m., following city business. The town meeting is held at the Farm Service Building, 4533 Shellsburg Road, Palo, Iowa 52324. Actual meeting space is a mobile office located to the east of the garage.

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