Iowa’s Housing Shortage Exacerbated By NW Iowa Flooding

Cherokee, Iowa — State officials estimate two thousand homes were damaged or destroyed during recent flooding in northwest Iowa.

After previous flooding in Cherokee, FEMA bought out 40 properties. Another 70 homes in Cherokee were destroyed in this year’s flooding and Cherokee Mayor Craig Schmidt doesn’t know where people will go.

During a news conference in northwest Iowa last week, Governor Reynolds said the state needs to figure out how to combine state and local resources and get new homes built as quickly as possible. The governor says she and her staff are trying to come up with some type of transitional housing as well as incentives for developers that build homes and apartments.