Governor Establishes New Board To Oversee Flood Recovery

Statewide Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds is creating a new state board to oversee the response to last month’s catastrophic flooding. 

Reynolds issued an executive order Monday morning, establishing a 15-member Flood Recovery Advisory Board. She’ll be the board’s chairwoman.

The governor also is asking legislators to set aside $25-million in state funds for flood recovery. The first $15 million would be used for flood mitigation, including help in making levee repairs.

House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake, says responding to the housing need in flooded areas is a priority.

Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny says there’s room in the budget for this extra spending.

The governor says she’s asked federal officials if there are ways the state can line up contractors or take other steps that would speed up the process of buying out flood-ravaged properties. FEMA’s website indicates it’s a lengthy process that can take a year to 18 months. Reynolds says she’s asked FEMA to set up a “mini processing center” in Council Bluffs where flood victims may find out what disaster assistance may be available.

Photo Caption: Governor Reynolds announces the Flood Recovery Advisory Board.

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