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3 counties added to governor’s disaster area list

Counties highlighted are included in a state proclamation of a disaster area by Gov. Kim Reynolds, as of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
Counties highlighted are included in a state proclamation of a disaster area by Gov. Kim Reynolds, as of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.(KCRG)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 5:47 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Additional areas will be eligible for state disaster assistance after Monday’s devastating storms.

Gov. Kim Reynolds added Jackson, Jones, and Grundy counties to the list of counties declared a disaster area. Previously, Reynolds had already declared the same for Benton, Boone, Dallas, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Greene, Hardin, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington counties.

The declaration makes people within those counties eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. It can provide up to $5,000 for households that make up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to an income of $43,440 for a family of three. The money can be used for car repairs, replacement of clothes and food, and temporary housing expenses. More information is available at the state’s website.

Persons in the affected counties have until 45 days after August 10 to apply for the program.

A second program, called the Disaster Case Management, provides case managers that work with those affected by the storms with a hardship, injury, or other condition. More information is available at this website.

The declaration also eases restrictions on weight limits for trucks and hours of service for repair crews.

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