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1999-08-17 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- State and federal officials will close the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) workshop in Waterloo, Iowa, on Friday, August 20. The workshop has been located in the Black Hawk Hazmat Training Center, 1925 Newell Street, in Waterloo. Through Friday, SBA representatives will be available to help residents and business owners get information on low-interest loans that help cover residential and business disaster losses not fully compensated by insurance. The hours of the center are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1999-08-17 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Four Iowa counties are now eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to repair or replace public facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding, July 2 through August 10, disaster recovery officials announced today. The counties now eligible for the Public Assistance program are Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, and Pottawattamie.

1999-08-17 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- State and federal officials have announced the closing of the Disaster Recovery Center in Charles City and the opening of a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) workshop. The Disaster Recovery Center located at the Cedar Mall Shopping Center, 128 Cedar Mall, Charles City, will convert to a SBA Workshop effective August 21, 1999. SBA representatives will be available to help residents and business owners who are eligible for low-interest loans to help cover residential and business disaster losses not fully compensated by insurance.

1999-08-16 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- State and federal officials will establish joint federal/state short-term Disaster Recovery Centers in Cerro Gordo and Mitchell counties on August 18. They will be located at:Cerro Gordo CountyPolice Training Room78 S. Georgia St.Mason CityOsageMitchell CountyCity Hall (Downstairs)Council Chambers (Old Library)806 Main St.The two centers will open to assist applicants on Wednesday, August 18, and remain through Friday, August 20. They will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

1999-08-15 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Floods take a heavy toll on everyone-individuals and communities alike. Since 1993, five floods have hit Iowa that resulted in presidential disaster declarations. The State of Iowa is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prevent or minimize damage from future flooding. One way to do that is to help people move out of harm's way. If you have been flooded and wish to move, funds may be available to buy your home and offset some or all of your moving costs.

1999-08-14 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Pottawattamie County homeowners, renters, and business owners who have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the recent flooding may hear soon from damage inspectors. FEMA schedules inspections to verify losses within seven to 10 days after residents have filed applications.

1999-08-14 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Iowans coping with the personal stress brought on by having to deal with the aftermath of storms and flooding starting July 2 now have a place to turn. The following counties have established individual Crisis Counseling referral numbers:

1999-08-12 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- To further help individuals and businesses affected by recent storms and flooding, the State of Iowa and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Council Bluffs on Friday, August 13. Pottawattamie County Community Hall (under the fire station) 205 S. Main St. Council Bluffs

1999-08-10 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Linn, Pottawattamie, and Story counties have been added to President Clinton's July 22 disaster declaration for Iowa. This brings the number of Iowa counties eligible for federal aid to 18. Those counties are Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Crawford, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Jones, Linn, Mitchell, Pottawattamie, Story, Woodbury, and Worth.

1999-08-09 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Emergency management officials of both the Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warn owners of flood-damaged homes to proceed cautiously and take extra precautions when returning to their flood-damaged homes, apartments or businesses. Check The Outside of the Building: Check for downed power lines and gas leaks. Look for cracks in the foundation, and sagging roofs. For obvious damage, ask a building inspector to check the house before you go inside.