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

May 22, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- On May 25, 2008, an EF5 tornado ripped through the communities of Parkersburg and New Hartford, Iowa. Two weeks after that devastation, heavy rains from severe storms caused major flooding throughout the state creating one of the worst disasters in Iowa's history.
May 22, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- It came in at dusk on May 25, 2008 - an EF5 tornado roaring like a runaway freight train bearing down on the Iowa towns of Parkersburg and New Hartford.  With its passage, Parkersburg lay in ruins and New Hartford was hard hit. Iowa Governor Chet Culver immediately sought federal assistance. President George W. Bush quickly responded by declaring Butler, Black Hawk and Bremer counties on May 27, 2008, major disaster areas. 
May 21, 2009
News Release
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April 3, 2009
News Release
WAUKON, Iowa -- Repairs to a section of gravel road leading to a canoe launch site on the banks of the Upper Iowa River, damaged by severe storms and flooding last spring, were performed to higher standards that will help protect the road against future destruction.
February 25, 2009
News Release
CLARINDA, Iowa -- More than 400 customers of Page 1 Regional Water District were without water service in June of 2008 when floodwaters broke an 8-inch water main. The water main has been repaired and replaced with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and thanks to mitigation efforts through FEMA's Public Assistance Program, Page 1 Regional Water District will also save thousands of dollars.
February 10, 2009
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) survey in Linn County and Johnson County found a rebounding rental housing market, which is good news for those living in FEMA temporary housing units. "Our survey found at least 240 one, two, three and four-bedroom units for rent in the two counties," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Parker of FEMA.

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