Office of the Governor of Iowa

Governor Branstad

Missouri River Flooding – Iowa State Joint Information Center Update

- This update is provided by the Joint Information Center at the State Emergency Operations Center.



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.


Same conference call information to be used on each call.



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 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 For locations of cooling stations in your area, contact local officials.


Foreclosure prevention

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


Sandbag Disposal

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


No shelters are open at this time. Numerous shelters remain on standby and are ready to receive residents if needed.



























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:




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