This Mississippi River is expected to finally crest over the weekend and into early next week. Before we can breathe a sigh of relief, we need to get to that cresting point. In case of any flood damage, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for counties being affected by the flooding, including here in the Quad Cities.

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On Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for five counties in response to the Mississippi River flooding. The governor's proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Management Program for the following counties:

  • Clayton
  • Clinton
  • Dubuque
  • Jackson
  • Scot

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. 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 here. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. 

The Disaster Case Management Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program but it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, visit this website.  

Governor Reynolds also issued a disaster proclamation on April 24 for the following counties:

  • Allamakee
  • Clayton
  • Clinton
  • Des Moines
  • Dubuque
  • Jackson
  • Lee
  • Louisa
  • Muscatine
  • Scott

That proclamation was issued to allow state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of Mississippi River flooding. 

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