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What flood disaster declaration means

June 1, 2013
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Ryan Currens, Tama County Emergency Management director said the state declaration can aid cities who have incurred damages and expenses caused by the flooding. Equipment and personnel can be requested by cities.

Currens said this proclamation of disaster also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program.

Residents that have any flood damage are urged to contact Tama county Communiciations dispatch at 641-484-3760 to document their damage. This is only to document the damage and will be forwarded on to the State.

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A Chelsea fire truck transports Evelyn Mayer, 82, from her home to safety in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 28.
News-Herald/John Speer

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, 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 at the "Disaster Assistance" link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov. Applications must be received within 45 days of the date of proclamation, May 28, 2013.

All residents that have any flood damage arfe urged to contact Tama county Communiciations dispatch at 641-484-3760 to document their damage. This is only to document the damage and will be forwarded on to the State.

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