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Rising water leads to sandbag availability, other measures; Governor issues disaster proclamation


This news story was published on March 14, 2019.
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MASON CITY – Rising waters from rains and rapid snow melt are causing problems in the North Iowa area, and residents are advised to take measures if needed.

A flood warning remains in effect for much of the North Iowa regions. Many towns and especially rural areas are suffering from standing water on roads, water in basements, and rivers and creeks overflowing. Swaledale, Plymouth and other local small towns all reported water issues, as are many other communities.

Sandbags are available at Mason City’s Operations & Maintenance facility grounds at 725 North Massachusetts. Residents should bring a shovel to fill the sandbags. Use the sand located outside to the east of the sand facility.

Residents should take photos of any damage to their properties, for possible recovery of losses should there be disaster proclamations or funding made available at a later time for cleanup or repairs.

Kim Reynolds

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa’s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa’s flooding.

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along with several state and federal agencies, is monitoring rapidly-evolving conditions at locations throughout the state.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program for these 21 counties: Butler, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Pottawattamie, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright.

The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim (April 29, 2019).

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.

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3 Responses to Rising water leads to sandbag availability, other measures; Governor issues disaster proclamation

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Unable to go outside, is the flooding really severe in mason?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      no problem here..maybe l am not living the low life

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      Crawl to a windo and look out.