Chance Of Storms This Evening

Thunderstorms will increase in coverage through the day today. A few of these storms may be strong to severe with large hail being the primary threat. By this evening and overnight, the threat will transition to a heavy rain threat with the potential for localized flash flooding. If you have outdoor plans for Father’s Day, be sure to have multiple ways to receive any weather alerts.

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Governor Makes Disaster Proclamation

Hartley, Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for O’Brien County in response to flooding and severe weather beginning June 14 and continuing.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in O’Brien County. At this time, the only state resource requested is the activation of the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant and Disaster Case Management programs.

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

The town of Hartley was hard hit by flash flooding that accompanied the torrential rains, and on Thursday, Hartley’s Mayor signed a local Disaster Declaration, and made an appeal to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security which made Governor Reynolds disaster proclamation possible.

Fireworks Rules Differ By Community

Northwest Iowa — Independence Day is fewer than three weeks away. That means people are thinking about fireworks. While the state law changed last year to allow fireworks in Iowa, there are several statewide rules, as well as several local rules and ordinances that may apply. Read more

Sheldon Country Club Under Water

Sheldon, Iowa — In the aftermath of yesterday’s torrential rains and flash flooding, the Sheldon County Club course might be more suited to water polo than golf. Read more