Presidential Disaster Declaration
President Trump granted expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 56 counties, so far. Iowans in these counties may register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
FEMA will provide public assistance to the following counties: Adair, Allamakee, Audubon, Boone, Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Decatur, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Kossuth, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Tama, Union, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright.
Iowans in the following 7 counties -- Freemont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Woodbury – are eligible for federal individual assistance, including funding through FEMA and SBA. Unemployment assistance is available for workers and self-employed Iowans in these five counties through Iowa Workforce Development. Individuals must file by April 25, 2019. File claims here with Iowa Workforce Development. The IRS granted tax-filing extensions and penalty relief to taxpayers and small businesses in these five counties. Learn more here.
Governor Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for the following counties:
- Butler, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Montgomery, O'Brien, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. The Individual Assistance application deadline is April 29, 2019.
- Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Guthrie, Hardin and Plymouth in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. The Individual Assistance application deadline is April 29, 2019.
- Crawford, Delaware, Page, Palo Alto, and Tama in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. The Individual Assistance application deadline is May 2, 2019.
- Audubon and Marshall in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. The Individual Assistance application deadline is May 6, 2019.
- Appanoose, Black Hawk, Cass, Davis, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Monroe, Howard and Union in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. The Individual Assistance application deadline is May 6, 2019.
- Chickasaw, Hamilton and Mitchell, application Individual Assistance deadline May 9, 2019
- Carroll, the Individual Assistance application deadline May 10, 2019
- Greene, the Individual Assistance application deadline is May 13, 2019
- Wapello, the Individual Assistance application deadline is May 17, 2019
- Louisa and Scott, the Individual Assistance application deadline is May 28, 2019
Constituent specialists in Senator Grassley’s six regional offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo are available to help Iowans cut through red tape and locate available resources. Check here for the addresses and contact information.
Learn more about Iowa’s Individual Disaster Assistance program here. Or call toll-free 866-434-4692.
For 24/7 disaster crisis counseling, call Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985.
Travelers: SAFETY FIRST! Obey all road closures and detours. For road updates, check here. Or, dial 511.
Find your county Farm Service Agency office. Farmers may file for claims regarding livestock and crop loss.
Check here to learn more about USDA disaster assistance programs.
Livestock producers, check here for information regarding the USDA Livestock Indemnity Program.
To learn more about the USDA’s cost-share assistance to rehabilitate flooded farmland, check the Emergency Conservation Program.
With few exceptions, flood-soaked grain is not usable for feed or food. For proper management of flooded grain and hay, check here. Questions? Contact Randy Watts, Iowa Commercial Feed & Fertilizer Bureau, 515-242-6338.
For proper disposal information regarding flood-soaked grain, contact Theresa Stiner, DNR Solid Waste, 515-725-8315.
Flooded wells pose significant risk to public health. If you suspect your drinking water is contaminated, immediately stop using the water for drinking, making ice, cooking and bathing. Check advisories here from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security requests all Iowans to report damage to property, roads and utilities to inform damage assessment and assistance. Click to learn more here.
For information how to return home safely after an evacuation, see this checklist from the federal EPA and CDC here.
The Iowa Department of Public Health updated its guide for frequently asked questions regarding re-entering and drying out a flooded home, including information about food safety, damaged clothes, protecting pets, mold, sewage system and much more. Learn more here.
For household debris disposal, asbestos removal and other public health and safety recommendations, learn more from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources here.
For information about flood insurance coverage, contact the Iowa Insurance Division, 515.281.5705
Be smart about home repair. State law prohibits price gouging when a county has been declared a disaster area. Learn more from the Office of the Iowa Attorney General. Or call 515.281.5926.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Iowa’s reputation for lending assistance to neighbors and strangers in need is bringing sunshine to the mud and muck. Iowans looking for ways to help may check here for a list of Iowa’s county emergency coordinators.
Information on flood insurance can be found here.
A Q&A with Senator Grassley on the 2019 flooding can be found here.
Iowa Western Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering Iowa businesses affected by road closures or flooding with one-on-one assistance at no cost to help with recovery efforts, including filing claims and assessing damages. Learn more here.