Iowa pools resources to continue Missouri River flooding recovery
On the heels of the reopening of Iowa highways 680 and 175 in northwest Iowa after the destructive flooding that occurred this summer, Governor Branstad announced today that $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding will be made available to continue the recovery efforts.
“The devastation of the Missouri River flooding this past summer is extreme,” said Governor Branstad. “By providing the required local match that would otherwise be a burden that the homeowner, city or county would have to bear, we are helping Iowans to move forward with rebuilding not only their homes, but their lives.”
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will provide up to $1 million for the required local match portion that affected cities or counties will need to provide in order to acquire the federal funding offered through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assists affected political subdivisions in acquiring property and damaged homes in the flood plain at fair market value. All properties assisted with this program are in the 100-year flood plain and are deed restricted to be green space. The counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury and non-entitlement cities within them are eligible to apply for these funds through the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division.
“Working with other state agencies to respond to Iowans’ needs is essential to keeping our recovery efforts on track,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “We are pleased to leverage community development funding to make a difference for these homeowners who have been through so much this year.”
In response to the flooding on the Missouri River in 2011, Governor Branstad created the Missouri River Recovery Coordination Task Force. The Task Force is charged with coordinating that immediate and sustained disaster recovery to help individuals, families, and businesses return to normal activities and reduce the continued loss of economic opportunities. The Task Force is chaired by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator, J. Derek Hill.
For more information, please visit www.governor.iowa.gov.