Gov. Branstad signs formal disaster proclamation for 13 counties affected by flooding in Iowa

Written by Theresa Rose on September 24, 2016

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today formally issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 counties in response to recent flooding.  The counties included in this proclamation include:  Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright.


The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe flooding.  The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those 13 counties.  Gov. Branstad’s proclamation also activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in the response to, the mitigation of, and the recovery from the effects of the disaster as needed.


The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the current federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $40,320, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. 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 State of Iowa has been assisting the impacted communities in their response to the flooding and to help prepare for the anticipated flooding in the days ahead.


The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has coordinated the delivery of state resources to the impacted communities.


Resources that have been provided include:

  • More than 120,000 sandbags (4 dump truck loads of sand)
  • Deployed or staged 22 water pumps
  • Placed or staged 48 pallets of flood barriers, equal to 4,320 linear feet
  • Placed 50 traffic barricades
  • Provided assistance to local law enforcement
  • Deployed (4) Incident Management Team personnel to assist with response operations in Linn County
  • Deployed 400 Flood Clean-up Kits


Over the next few days, the State will be working with local officials in the Cedar River basin to assist with planning and provide them with resources as they prepare for the potential flooding.