Black Hawk County Added To Flood Disaster List [Video]
Gov. Kim Reynolds has added Black Hawk and eight other counties to the state disaster proclamation in response to recent and current flooding in Iowa.
The Governor signed the proclamation on Thursday, bringing the total to 52 out of Iowa’s 99 counties. Thursday's declaration also added Appanoose, Cass, Davis, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Monroe and Union counties.
The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized for flood recovery and also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program, which 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.
Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.
Other area counties included in the proclamation are: Bremer, Butler, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Marshall, Tama and Winneshiek.
The Governor's proclamation is in response to flooding and flash flooding that began March 13. The water is receding in many Iowa locations after inundating thousands of acres of land and killing livestock.
Reynolds is asking President Donald Trump for an expedited federal disaster declaration.
In Bremer County on Thursday, local emergency management officials released drone video of damage caused by the recent flooding there. The video (posted above) shows several washed out roads, some of which have severe damage.