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

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


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 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 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.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 24,888 $138,749,926.87 $122,403,852.02 $16,346,074.85
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 02:02 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $1,197,123,420.39 $238,127,414.07 $905,121,394.45
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 06:33 (Updated daily)

Related Links

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Iowa, FEMA-1763-DR (PDF 37KB)
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