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FEMA denies Iowa disaster request for aid to homeowners, businesses hit by June flooding

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks before introducing Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks before introducing Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday her office has received notification that Iowa’s request has been denied for federal assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses in four counties hit by flooding and severe weather from June 6 to July 2.

“We are extremely disappointed with FEMA’s decision,” Reynolds said in a statement.

“People in Iowa are still hurting and in need of help several weeks after the flooding. We will be appealing this decision.”

On Aug. 1, the governor requested the Individual Assistance Program be made available to residents and businesses affected by disasters in Buchanan, Dickinson, Polk and Winnebago counties.

Individual Assistance Program funding provides disaster survivors with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses and legal services.

In its denial letter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it had determined the magnitude of the impact to individuals and households did not warrant a designation of individual assistance.

The governor has 30 days to file an appeal with FEMA. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will work with local emergency management agencies to determine additional damage and effects caused by the flooding and severe weather.

Public aid

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Reynolds was notified earlier this week that her request had been granted for funding for the repair of public infrastructure that was damaged during that same period.

Public Assistance Program funding, now is available for 30 counties, is used to rebuild damaged infrastructure and cover the costs of debris removal and emergency work.

The counties now eligible to apply for Public Assistance Program funding are: Adair, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Sioux, Story, Warren, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek and Wright.

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