Missouri River Flooding – Iowa State Joint Information Center Update
- This update is provided by the Joint Information Center at the State Emergency Operations Center.
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALLS
Beginning this week, the media conference call will be held once per week. The next call will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m.
- Conference Call Dial-In Number – 1-800-645-8878
- Conference Code: 003252
Same conference call information to be used on each call.
NEWS AND UPDATES
Iowa DOT’s Temporary Flood Call Center to Close Today at 1 p.m.
NEW – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is deactivating its temporary flood-related road information call center as of 1 p.m. today. The Iowa DOT will continue to issue periodic news releases on the progress of flood-related work and mitigation projects that may be necessary in the coming weeks.
For a complete listing of roads closed due to flooding, visit iowadot.gov and click on the “Flooding Ahead” sign. Iowa travelers can continue to call 511 for automated road closure information. For out-of-state callers interested in Iowa road closure information, the automated information is available by dialing 800-288-1047.
Iowa Receives Agricultural Disaster Designation for Six Counties
In response to Gov. Branstad’s June 28 request, U.S.D.A. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has signed an agricultural disaster designation on July 8, providing agricultural assistance for six Iowa counties. The designated counties are: Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont. This designation will also include the contiguous counties of Cass, Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Montgomery, Page, Plymouth and Shelby counties.
Heat, Storms Affecting Iowa This Week
National Weather Service forecasts indicate high temperatures and a potential for severe storms and localized heavy rain during the week. The potentially significant amount of rain could worsen existing flooding problems in western Iowa. Residents in this area should stay aware of weather conditions and be prepared to take precautionary measures, including evacuating, if necessary. High temperatures are also a concern for many people engaged in flood response efforts. For a list of ways to protect your health in high temperatures and humidity, view the Iowa Department of Public Health’s press release at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/IdphNews/Reader.aspx?id=3024FDD6-D9F3-4751-853C-05A42EA8D457. For locations of cooling stations in your area, contact local officials.
Disaster-impacted homeowners that feel they may begin to struggle with their mortgage payment are encouraged to call Iowa Mortgage Help. Iowa Mortgage Help is a free, confidential mortgage counseling service for Iowa homeowners. Iowa Mortgage Help does not offer direct financial assistance. For more information, call 877-622-4866 or visit www.IowaMortgageHelp.com.
Rumors that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is classifying used, full sandbags as hazardous waste are false. The DNR generally encourages Iowans to reuse the sand and sandbags. For more information, including ways to reuse sandbags, visit the DNR’s website at http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/SocialMediaPressRoom/DisasterAssistance.aspx
SHELTER SUMMARY – IOWA SHELTERS
No shelters are open at this time. Numerous shelters remain on standby and are ready to receive residents if needed.
STATE RESPONSE SUMMARY
- Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD)
- HSEMD, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA) and county officials conducted preliminary damage assessments on July 6 in Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont counties. Information collected during the assessments is being evaluated and will be used to determine if damages that have occurred thus far are sufficient to warrant a request for federal Individual Assistance Program funding.
- HSEMD Operations staff visited in Fremont, Mills and Pottawattamie counties with the emergency management coordinators, local officials and impacted citizens. Visits to Harrison, Monona and Woodbury counties will be planned.
- HSEMD continues to work closely with personnel from various local, state, federal, voluntary and faith-based organizations as well as private partners in response to flooding along the Missouri River in western Iowa.
- The State Emergency Operations Center will be staffed as warranted to respond to requests from impacted counties.
- o HSEMD has requested technical assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers for all counties along the Missouri River from Woodbury County south.
- Iowa State University Extension
- ISU Extension has compiled a list of resources on dealing with stress, flood clean up, financial concerns, tips for businesses, crops, and livestock to help Iowans prepare for and recover from floods. Access these resources at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters.
- County Extension personnel in flood-impacted counties are responding to concerns.
- ISU Extension has the Iowa Concern Hotline, 800-447-1985, that Iowans can call for help and referrals for dealing with stress, crisis and loss in times of disaster.
- Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
- Ongoing support of missions assigned, including access to volunteer and AmeriCorps resources.
- Iowa Department of Public Health (DPH)
- Continued support in responding to public health concerns that have been raised in impacted counties.
- The Iowa Department of Public Health has posted flood-related health information at: www.idph.state.ia.us/EmergencyResponse/Flooding.aspx.
- Iowa Finance Authority (IFA)
- Foreclosure prevention counseling: Disaster-impacted homeowners that feel they may begin to struggle with their mortgage payment are encouraged to call Iowa Mortgage Help for free, confidential mortgage counseling. Iowa Mortgage Help does not offer direct financial assistance. For more information, call 877-622-4866 or visit www.IowaMortgageHelp.com.
- IFA has developed a rental housing resource guide for individuals who are seeking long term housing due to flooding. Access the guide at: www.iowahomelandsecurity.org/disasters/disaster2011.html and select “Housing Resources.”
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)
- Continual monitoring of impacts to agriculture sector.
- IDALS is drafting a memorandum of understanding with Pottawattamie County in the event that further pet sheltering is needed.
- Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)
- The DHS Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) was invited to and will be attending town meetings in Missouri Valley and Hamburg. The DBHRT continues to provide assistance in declared counties as requested. For additional information on resources provided by the DBHRT, visit http://www.iowadbhrt.org/.
- o DHS is currently drafting agreements with facilities for volunteer housing assistance.
- Iowa National Guard (NG)
- National Guard is performing levee patrol duties in Mills and Pottawattamie counties.
- National Guard liaisons are in place in county EOCs.
- Providing support through Guard Emergency Situational Awareness Contacts in impacted counties.
- Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)
- o The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is deactivating its temporary flood-related road information call center as of 1 p.m., July 12.
- The DOT has made numerous road closures. For complete information on road closures, visit www.iowadot.gov/floods/index.html or www.511ia.org, or call 5-1-1 or 1-800-288-1047.
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- People who have been evacuated because of flooding along the Missouri River will be able to camp in certain areas of Iowa State Parks without having to pay a camping fee or having to move after 14 consecutive days. Evacuees may call the DNR at 515-281-8004 to check on availability of campsites for long-term use.
- DNR is providing technical assistance to waste water facilities, water supplies, industry, fuel stations, etc.
- Weather-related park closure information is available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/parks/construction/weather.html
- Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC)
- Ongoing support of missions assigned. Continued coordination of inmate crews to assist with sandbagging operations as requested. Currently all missions have been fulfilled.
- Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- The DPS continues to provide aerial photography of impacts to affected counties.
- The DPS continues to monitor roads, road closures and other public safety issues.
- Levee patrol duties are being performed by the Sioux City Public Works Department and the Sioux City Police Department.
- The Army Corps of Engineers continues to provide technical assistance as requested.
- No new information to report.
- No new information to report.
- Sandbags have been placed on the tops of relief wells and the ACOE are re-stocking their materials.
- The ACOE is providing direct assistance for two areas requiring seepage berms.
- Water has stabilized at the breach near Percival. Current elevation is 912’.
- AmeriCorps volunteers continue to provide levee monitoring in Hamburg.
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING
- Donations of items such as clothing, food, furniture, etc, are NOT needed at this time. Unsolicited donations cause additional staffing and storage problems that local officials do not have the resources to manage.
- If you want to help, cash is best. It doesn’t need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and cash allows the receiving voluntary agency to direct the donation to the most urgent needs. To donate cash, visit www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/CashDonations/Default2.aspx?ST=Iowa.
- If you wish to make a donation to a local organization, information on these funds can be found on the websites listed in the “County Updates” section of this release.
- Those wishing to volunteer in a disaster-related capacity may sign up to do so at www.volunteeriowa.org.
Iowans along the Missouri River should be aware of the potential for disaster-related scams and price gouging. For information, visit the Iowa Attorney General’s website at: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- For more information, please visit www.iowahomelandsecurity.org.
For more information please visit governor.iowa.gov.