JOHNSTON – Today at the Joint Forces Headquarters, Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Judge announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a Presidential Disaster Declaration for individual assistance for 6 new Iowa counties – Cedar, Jones, Louisa, Muscatine, Polk, and Winneshiek
"While we continue to battle flood waters in the southeastern corner of our state, the flood waters are receding up north," said Governor Culver. "As we begin to focus our efforts on disaster recovery, this presidential disaster declaration will help thousands of Iowans get back on their feet. I have the utmost confidence that we will meet not only the challenge of flooding, but the challenge of recovery. Iowans are strong. Iowans are resilient. We will rebuild this state, and we will be stronger and better than before."
The six counties were approved for federal individual assistance. Individual Assistance allows homeowners, renters, business owners and non-profit organizations to recover from the effects of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 25 and continues.
To apply, Iowans who are affected should contact FEMA at 1.800.621.3622, TTY 1.800.462.7585.
In addition, a new website was announced – www.flood2008.iowa.gov – which is designed to serve as a resource for Iowans affected and interested on the flooding impact in Iowa.
"We are committed to helping Iowans get the information they need in a timely and efficient manner, and this new web site will help us do just that" said Lt. Governor Judge. "Flood2008.iowa.gov will serve as a resource for people who want to know the latest information on flooding, and help those who have been affected by flood waters. And it will be an invaluable resource in the coming days, weeks, and months as Iowans begin the road to recovery."