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

October 29, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- ?Since the tornadoes and flooding struck Iowa, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated more than $16.5 million to the state for debris removal, according to federal and state recovery officials.? Approximately 415,000 CY (cubic yards) of debris have been removed -- an amount comparable to over 9 million bushels of corn -- with an estimated 112,000 CY remaining to be collected.
October 28, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today, Governor Chet Culver and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that more than $400 million in public assistance has been granted to the state by FEMA to help Iowa communities rebuild from the devastation of this year's severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
October 27, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The final call has sounded for Iowans to register for federal and state individual disaster assistance. October 31 is the last day registrations for individual assistance grants will be accepted, according to officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO).
October 27, 2008
News Release
Des Moines, Iowa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is presenting additional testing and housing options for residents with concerns over indoor formaldehyde levels in FEMA-provided manufactured housing units. "Addressing the health and safety concerns of residents in FEMA housing is our top priority," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. "We need to provide accurate information that brings reassurance and allows families in temporary housing to make informed decisions."
October 24, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans presently occupying FEMA-provided manufactured housing have the opportunity to discuss concerns with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) specialists and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs (DHS OHA). A town hall meeting will take place today, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. 
October 22, 2008
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO) officials are pleased to announce that the "Iowa Recovery Times" is now available. The informative guide is targeted at Iowans impacted by this year's storms, tornadoes and floods that struck the state beginning May 25. The newsletter includes feature articles that discuss and explain an array of topics centered on recovery and rebuilding efforts. Some of the topics in the October 15 issue include:

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