Gov. Reynolds declares disaster proclamation for Washington County

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for three counties, including Washington County, in response to severe weather that began May 17 and has continued.

Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Marissa Reisen said anyone seeking assistance can fill out two possible applications. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program 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. 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. This proclamation makes only damage sustained beginning May 17 eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program.

The second program is Disaster Case Management, a program designed to address needs and help residents overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program. Applications are available through the HACAP website.

Reisen said a proclamation for May flooding has been extended for an additional 30 days to July 10, 2019. This extension allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the severe weather. She said this is a good option for people who were affected by the severe rainfall and encourages residents to reach out if necessary.

“Anytime you can get assistance it doesn’t hurt, especially if this is a repeat process,” she said, referencing the severe rain in the fall. “There are these options out there so why not take advantage of them.”

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Washington County Emergency Management at: 319-653-7794.