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Recovery Update: Iowa Recovery Update 004

Release date: 
July 3, 2019
Release Number: 
DR-4421- IA RU 004


  • DR-4421 Major Disaster Declaration issued March 23, 2019
  • Incident Period: March 12 – June 15, 2019
  • Deadline for registration for Individual Assistance: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Current Status:

  • Nine counties have been designated for federal Individual Assistance to homeowners and renters. Those counties are: Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby, Woodbury.
  • Seventy-three counties have been approved for Public Assistance to local governments and certain nonprofits for emergency and permanent work.  
  • One county has been approved for Public Assistance for emergency work (debris removal and emergency protective measures) only.

Individual Assistance

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, July 16, 2019. This applies to disaster survivors in the nine Iowa counties designated for federal Individual Assistance due to the March 12-June 15 severe storms and flooding.

FEMA Helpline: Disaster survivors can get questions about their cases answered by calling FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

Individual Assistance Provided:

  • Since the federal disaster declaration was granted for Iowa, there have been 2,622 total registrations for federal Individual Assistance.
  • As of July 2, Iowa homeowners and renters have received more than $14 million from the Individuals and Households Program. Of that, nearly $12.4 million is in housing assistance and more than $1.7 million is in Other Needs Assistance.

Direct Temporary Housing Assistance in Iowa

  • As of July 2, FEMA has determined that 69 survivors in Fremont and Mills counties are eligible for direct temporary housing assistance. All applicants who expressed an interest in moving into a Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) have been contacted.
  • There are eight pads leased at Glenwood Mobile Home Park (MHP). Seven MHUs are on site at the MHP. Four are awaiting electrical connection. A travel trailer will be placed on the eighth pad due to the limited size of the pad.
  • Two applicants were licensed-in at the Glenwood MHP on June 28.
  • Background checks on additional applicants for MHUs at Glenwood MHP are in process or have been completed.
  • The Direct Housing Program will be coming to a close on July 16, 2019. This will be 60 days from first pre-placement interview and is standard on direct housing missions.
  • FEMA has performed callouts of all eligible applicants and all individuals who did not express an interest in moving into a MHU have reported they have identified a housing solution or are not interested in the commercial parks FEMA has available.  
  • There are available rental resources in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area that applicants can rent while they work on their Permanent Housing Plan and they may potentially be eligible for Continued Temporary Housing Assistance up to 18 months from date of declaration. The applicant can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 and request this type of assistance. 
  • Applicants who request direct housing assistance after July 16 will be referred to their local Long Term Recovery Groups and Disaster Case Management services to help address housing needs.
  • Any applicants currently eligible for direct housing who declined available commercial mobile home parks and their current housing situation changes after July 16 will be referred to the local Long Term Recovery Groups and Disaster Case Management process.

Public Assistance:

  • As of July 2, 354 Requests for Public Assistance have been submitted by governmental entities and nonprofits for approval seeking to be eligible for funds to repair or replace damaged infrastructure.

Hazard Mitigation

  • Hazard mitigation supports local projects intended to reduce or eliminate future disaster damage. The state has opened the grant application period for the hazard mitigation program to be offered statewide for eligible applicants in all 99 Iowa counties. 

National Flood Insurance Program

  • As of July 2, 309 flood insurance claims relating to the March 12-June 15 flooding have been filed. More than $10.8 million in claims have been paid to date.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • As of July 2, more than $28.3 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 298 homeowners and renters, and 24 businesses. The deadline to apply for a low-interest disaster loan also is Tuesday, July 16, 2019. 
  • Information about how to apply for low-interest SBA loans for businesses and residents is available online at You may also call 800-659-2955 or email Individuals who are deaf or low‑hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Other Federal Agencies

  • Four federal agencies have been tasked by FEMA to assist in recovery efforts: 
    • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed more than 70 AmeriCorps members to assist impacted communities in Fremont and Mills counties. Currently, there are 17 AmeriCorps members on the ground, mucking out and gutting 79 homes in Mills and Fremont counties. They have cleared 2,549 cubic yards of debris.
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is providing technical support for FEMA’s Public Assistance and housing efforts.
    • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency retrieved hazardous containers such as propane tanks and farm chemical tanks that were dislodged by the flooding in seven western Iowa counties. By the end of the mission in mid-June, 2,082 containers had been retrieved. The containers were recycled or otherwise disposed of properly.
    • The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) has documented high water marks to help document flood levels.

Disaster Legal Services:

Survivors in the nine counties that were included in the presidential disaster declaration can get free legal help with issues such as assistance with home repair contracts and with life, medical and property insurance claims. Survivors can call the legal hotline at 833-885-9876 toll free, 9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday – Friday.

Crisis Counseling:

Iowans feeling overwhelmed by prolonged effects of the disaster can call the Iowa Concern 24-hour line at 800-447-1985 to connect with Project Recovery Iowa services or one of their stress counselors for free assistance.

Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams

From March 28 through May 31, DSA teams visited 9,841 homes in the nine counties eligible for Individual Assistance. The teams directly registered survivors for assistance and provided accessible, in-person, case-specific information and referrals.                 

Disaster Recovery Centers

All Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the nine Iowa counties designated for federal Individual Assistance have closed. The DRCs helped 1,940 visitors since the first DRC opened April 3 in Fremont County. The center in Glenwood that transitioned to a Community Recovery Center closed permanently Monday, July 1, 2019.

Additional Resources 

Iowa assistance:

Website features the latest disaster recovery information on a variety of topics ranging from cleaning up to hiring contractors for repairs and rebuilding.

FEMA assistance:

Website features all FEMA disaster-related news and key information for survivors specific to the March 12-June 15 severe storms and flooding.

Small Business Administration assistance: or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955

Website details SBA assistance, including information on disaster loans and how to apply.

Housing – Rental Units:

Listing of rental units in Iowa that allows users to search a number of features, including short-term leases for flood-impacted Iowans.

Mortgage assistance:  or call 877-622-4866

Iowa Mortgage Help assists in working with your loan servicer.

Military Homeownership Assistance Program

Iowa Contractor Registrations

Check to see if the contractor offering services to repair your home is registered with the state.
Iowa Consumer Protection (Fraud complaints): 

Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office:

Email: or call 515-281-5926; call toll-free outside of Des Moines:    888-777-4590. For more information, including Consumer Tips and Information, visit the Iowa Attorney General’s website.

Iowa Department of Human Rights: or call 515-242-5655

Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team: or call 515-281-3128

Responds to the mental health needs of Iowa residents following disasters and critical incidents.

Health information: or call 515-281-7689

Information from the Iowa Department of Public Health related to your health and flooding such as cleaning and disinfecting, mold, immunizations, damaged items, flooded sewage systems, and mosquito-bite prevention.


Last Updated: 
July 19, 2019 - 11:52