IA pools resources to continue Missouri River flooding recovery


November 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

On the heels of the reopening of Interstate 680 in western Iowa, and Highway 175 in northwest Iowa after the destructive flooding that occurred this summer, Governor Branstad today (Monday) announced that $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding will be made available to continue the recovery efforts.  

Branstad says “The devastation of the Missouri River flooding this past summer is extreme. By providing the required local match that would otherwise be a burden that the homeowner, city or county would have to bear, we are helping Iowans to move forward with rebuilding not only their homes, but their lives.” 

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will provide up to $1 million for the required local match portion that affected cities or counties will need to provide in order to acquire the federal funding offered through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assists affected political subdivisions in acquiring property and damaged homes in the flood plain at fair market value.  All properties assisted with the program are in the 100-year flood plain and are deed restricted to be green space. 

The counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury and non-entitlement cities within those counties, are eligible to apply for the funds through the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division.