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

September 3, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- The State of Iowa and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the City of Cedar Rapids will have the option to replace the Central Fire Station. The Central Fire Station was damaged during the historical flooding in June 2008 when approximately nine to ten feet of floodwaters poured into the building. The facility served as the primary fire command for the City of Cedar Rapids, as well as the living quarters and training facility for fire personnel.
September 1, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- The State of Iowa and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office in Urbandale became the Iowa Recovery Center (IRC) Monday, August 31. What does that mean for the people of Iowa? "It will mean FEMA will remain focused on those affected by the floods and severe storms of 2008 and continue to work closely with our State partners in the recovery process," said Kay Phillips, who was named Director of the Iowa Recovery Center. "Simply put, FEMA will still be here for the people of Iowa."
August 21, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- The Iowa floods of 2008 caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to state, county and city infrastructure, which includes roadways and public buildings. In most cases, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – through its Public Assistance program – will obligate funds for repair and restoration to bring back the damaged infrastructure to pre-disaster conditions.
August 18, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- In October, 2008, 564 Iowa families and individuals, displaced from their homes by severe storms and the floods of 2008, were staying in temporary housing units provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Today, that number is below 200.
July 22, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- Every year, thousands of Iowa residents gamble that they won't need to purchase flood insurance. Many of them are going to lose the bet, according to state and federal recovery officials overseeing recovery operations that follow federally declared disasters.
July 14, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- Waters from the epic 2008 flood didn't prevent Iowa farmers in Des Moines County from getting into their fields in 2009 thanks to cooperation between officials from a state agency, county government, state government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Nearly 22,000 acres of land in Louisa and Des Moines Counties were inundated with flood waters when a levee on the Iowa River was breached. The resulting flood caused causing massive damage to three drainage districts and a levee district located in the two counties.


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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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