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Disaster proclamation in aftermath of Iowa tornadoes

Four counties covered by Governor Reynolds' order.

Posted: Jul. 20, 2018 5:29 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Lee, Marshall, Polk, and Van Buren counties after the severe storms and tornadoes on Thursday.

This move allows state resources to respond to the disaster and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program. In addition, Governor Reynolds ordered an extension to the normal hours of services for commercial vehicle drivers helping restore power in Marshall County. The order also suspends limits on hours of service for disaster repair crews.

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 or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses.

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referral to obtain a service or resource.

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the impact of this disaster.

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