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

July 6, 2009
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- One of the reasons Iowans say they don’t buy flood insurance is they believe the cost is too high. As with any insurance, the cost is based on the risk involved. Historically speaking, if you compare the risk to the cost, the cost of flood insurance is less than the cost for a homeowners’ policy. There is a 26 percent chance of flood damage occurring over a 30-year mortgage period and an approximately 2 percent chance of that the home will catch fire during the same 30 year period of time.
June 26, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Close to 3,000 Iowans signed up for flood insurance less than one year after the floods of June 2008 inundated the state. Despite that growth, however, less than 20 percent of single family homes in Iowa located in Special Flood Hazard Areas – areas where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has identified as high-risk flood areas – have flood insurance. That is according to officials with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and why they are working with officials from FEMA to encourage more Iowans to purchase flood insurance.
June 19, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa is the only state which has two rivers as borders - the Mississippi to the east and the Missouri to the west. And between those two mighty rivers are hundreds of other small streams, creeks and rivers. Is it any wonder that Iowa is more susceptible to the devastation caused by flooding than almost any other state? Unfortunately, according National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) officials, over 98 percent of the structures in Iowa are not insured - many of which sustained flood damage in the floods of 2008 resulting in tremendous losses for Iowans.
June 18, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Flood waters inundated the City of Dyersville four times in 2008 between May 25 and August 13, damaging over 605 feet of a city street. Thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation project, however, that street has been repaired to a higher standard making it less likely to be damaged by future flooding.
June 12, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The number of Iowa households staying in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) temporary housing units has dropped below 300 according to FEMA officials. That's down from 564 in October 2008 when housing need was at a peak after tornadoes and flood waters devastated much of the state. FEMA officials say the reduction of nearly 300 Iowa households living in FEMA-provided temporary housing units from just eight months ago is a further sign of Iowa's ongoing recovery efforts.
May 29, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three FEMA videographers and a FEMA photographer have been visiting tornado and flooding affected Iowa during the past few months to capture stories of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of recovery during the past year. On May 25, 2008, an EF5 tornado devastated the Parkersburg-New Hartford area. Two weeks later winter snow pack melt combined with torrential rains to cause some of the worst flooding in Iowa history.  Towns like Cedar Rapids, Palo, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Oakville were literally inundated.


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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Iowa, FEMA-1763-DR (PDF 37KB)
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