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 23, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Looking for a needle in a haystack might seem like an easy task for members of the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association* (SIRWA) when compared to their job of finding damaged and exposed water pipes as a result of this summer's severe storms and flooding. With approximately 12,000 underground stream crossings and 4,000 miles of pipeline running through 13 counties, SIRWA's task of finding trouble spots before they cause problems for water consumers can be a difficult one.
December 23, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- More than $500 million in public assistance has been granted to the state by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid in the rebuilding process for communities in Iowa devastated by this spring's flooding and tornadoes. To date, FEMA and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) have approved $504.9 million and have received more than 1,100 applications representing more than 9,000 public assistance projects. ? Of those requested projects, 55 percent have been completed.
December 11, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) not only offered disaster assistance to Iowa residents when communities were devastated by severe storms and floodwaters this past spring. FEMA also offered employment opportunities for many Iowans. "FEMA has Disaster Assistance Employees (DAE) who come from all over the United States to work a disaster," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel. ?"However, FEMA also employs local, well-qualified residents to assist the DAE workforce."
December 2, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Behind the $83.4 million provided to the University of Iowa for flood recovery stand the representatives of the university, state and federal agencies who have labored, sometimes in subterranean locales, over five months to qualify the school for grants. Some days, working together means making sure no one is actually lost on the job.
November 26, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tragedy struck Iowa beginning May 25, 2008 when an EF5 tornado tore through the towns of Parkersburg and New Hartford leaving seven dead and hundreds homeless. That catastrophe was compounded less than two weeks later when severe weather and heavy rains caused widespread flooding and devastation across the majority of the state. Thursday, Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Day - marks the six-month anniversary of the presidential disaster declaration of the historic period.
November 25, 2008
News Release
WATERLOO, Iowa -- Federal, state and local officials joined in Waterloo Monday to commemorate an important recovery milestone for the Cedar Falls and Waterloo communities. The meeting involved the continuation of the "Cedar River Initiative." Cedar River Initiative is an Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments' (INRCOG) multi-jurisdictional and collaborative effort involving user groups, agencies and those interested in the betterment of the river's environmental health, cultural heritage and economic development opportunities.

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