Iowa businesses asked to report flood damage


September 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa businesses along the Missouri River are being asked to report flood damage as the state gathers more information to appeal a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reject flood aid. FEMA notified the state in early August that activation of the Federal Individual Assistance Program was denied for five counties – Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury. The program helps individuals and businesses with grants and loans. FEMA earlier this month extended Iowa’s request for more time to appeal. The new deadline is Oct. 7. Iowa expects more and more damage will surface as the flood waters continue to fall.