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July 5 derecho impacts Northern Iowa counties

DES MOINES – Another derecho has impacted North Iowa after a storm Tuesday pounded the area.

Warnings for the storm began to appear Tuesday afternoon as it gathered power in the Dakotas.  By evening, it had landed in Iowa, stretching from he Des Moines metro area north into Minnesota.  Strong winds, hail, and rain caused widespread damage.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Emmet, Hancock, O’Brien, and Winnebago counties in response to severe weather on July 5. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to, and recover from, the effects of this severe weather.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for the four counties. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level 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 at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

The last derecho to hit the area was in December of 2021.

The worst derecho in decades hit Iowa in August of 2020, flattening crops and blowing buildings to bits across the state.

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