Governor Extends Disaster Response And Recovery Activation For 30 Days

Des Moines, Iowa — The Governor of Iowa has extended the deadline for flooding relief in several Iowa counties, including some in our area.

Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamation extends her March 14 activation of Iowa’s disaster response and recovery efforts for an additional 30 days, to May 12, 2019, and allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state.

This proclamation also provides impacted Iowans additional time to apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The new deadline to apply for the program is May 12, 2019. The counties covered under this extended proclamation for the Individual Assistance Grant Program in our area are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, and Sioux.

Other counties included are Adair, Appanoose, Audubon, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Carroll, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Tama, Union, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth and Wright.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying residents 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. 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.

The Disaster Case Management Program remains in effect for all counties currently covered by governor’s disaster proclamations. Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit

The proclamation also extends the governor’s temporary suspension of regulatory provisions pertaining to hours of service for disaster repair crews and drivers delivering goods and services while responding to disaster sites during the duration of this disaster, along with weight limits related to disaster repairs. In addition, the proclamation waives fees for issuance of replacement motor vehicle registrations cards, plates and driver licenses, additional fees for car and travel trailer lots, and waives some types of recycler licenses.

For more information on Iowa’s flooding and disaster assistance, visit

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