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1999-08-05 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Just two weeks after President Clinton declared Iowa a federal disaster area, more than $1 million in disaster housing assistance has been approved for victims of the severe storms and flooding that have occurred since July 2, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials.

1999-08-04 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- You don't need to live near water to be flooded. Flooding can be caused by storms, melting snow, water backup from inadequate or overloaded drainage systems and dam or levee failure.

1999-08-04 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 another Disaster Recovery Center in Iowa on Friday, August 6 in: Bremer County City Hall 200 First St. N.E. Waverly

1999-08-03 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The temporary Disaster Recovery Center in Jones County, located in the Legion Hall, 106 E. 2nd Street, Olin, will close August 5th. The Disaster Recovery Center will remain open until 6:30 p.m on Thursday. The Center opened on July 30 to help individuals and businesses affected by recent storms and flooding.

1999-08-03 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- As flood victims turn their energy and resources to cleaning up, repairing, and replacing their damaged property, trusting people with disrupted lives make an easy mark for con artists.

1999-08-03 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Residents of Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, and Jones counties who applied for disaster assistance in May must re-apply if they sustained additional flood damage after July 2.

1999-08-03 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The floodwaters have receded, you've cleaned up the mess--you can now return to your home. What do you do about those precious possessions that have been damaged in the flood? Family valuables and heirlooms can sometimes be saved after they've been damaged by water in a disaster such as the storms and flooding that recently struck Iowa.

1999-08-01 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Disaster officials of both Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge owners of flood-damaged property and building contractors working in the areas affected to check with local building officials before making extensive repair or rebuilding flood-damaged property.

1999-07-30 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- State and federal disaster recovery officials are advising Iowa residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean-up and repair their homes and businesses. "In disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others," warns Steve Zimmerman, state coordinating officer for Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD).

1999-07-30 04:00 - News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Residents of four more Iowa counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance, disaster recovery officials announced today. President Clinton's July 22 disaster declaration was amended to include Buchanan, Fayette, Howard, and Mitchell counties. This brings to 13 the number of Iowa counties eligible for individual federal disaster assistance in the wake of severe storms and flooding that began on July 2. They are Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Jones, Mitchell, Woodbury, and Worth.