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2002-07-08 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- If you were adversely affected by the June floods and wish to meet with Recovery Specialists to discuss assistance, there are only a few days left to visit a Disaster Recovery Center. State and federal officials have announced that all five Disaster Recovery Centers will close at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Through 2 p.m., July 13, residents of the 21 declared counties can get answers to questions and check on the status of their applications at the Disaster Recovery Centers located at the following locations:

2002-07-05 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- In the 16 days since the federally declared disaster for flooding in 21 Iowa counties more than $2 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved to help Iowa residents and businesses with recovery.

2002-07-05 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- As heavy rains continue to deluge communities throughout the country, state and federal disaster officials are urging Iowans to consider purchasing low-cost National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance to avert future losses.

2002-07-03 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Iowa residents affected by June flash flooding are being urged by state and federal officials to apply for assistance as soon as possible, and not to prejudge their eligibility for the variety of programs and services offered disaster victims under the June 19 presidential declaration.

2002-07-02 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- As the recovery from June flash floods continues, state and federal disaster officials are urging Iowa residents to purchase flood insurance before the next flood. "Flooding is the leading cause of property loss from natural disasters in this country," said Pete Martinasco, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "and Iowa has suffered more than its share of devastating floods in recent years."

2002-07-01 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- The Cedar Rapids joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center is changing its hours effective July 1.

2002-07-01 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Disaster assistance for Henry, Lee, Louisa and Des Moines counties have been made available to help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from the effects of the flooding that occurred between June 3 and June 25 in Iowa, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

2002-06-28 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- State and federal officials announced today that more than $1 million in disaster assistance has been approved to aid victims of the flooding that devastated 17 Iowa counties beginning June 3. The assistance, coordinated by the Iowa Emergency Management Division (IEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been granted to individuals, families and businesses affected by the storms.

2002-06-28 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- State officials are reminding Iowans that free help for disaster-related stress is just a phone call away. If you are experiencing emotional distress as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on June 3 and you live in one of the Iowa counties listed below, assistance is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

2002-06-28 04:00 - News Release

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- The State of Iowa and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to further help individuals and businesses affected by June 3 flooding, will open two Disaster Recovery Centers on Monday, July 1. Each center will be open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The centers will be closed July 4 and open on July 5 and 6. The centers will be in: