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Disaster Relief Assistance Available for Flooding

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Many residents across Iowa have been affected by recent flooding and a Disaster Proclamation has now been issued for the severe weather that occurred June 14th and beyond.

The proclamation means Iowans are now eligible to apply for grants through Iowa’s Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) to assist with things such as replacing personal property and temporary housing. The additional counties eligible to receive financial disaster relief include Boone, Dallas, Franklin, Jasper, and Polk counties. Potential applicants have until August 15th to submit a claim.

Those who would like to apply for a grant cannot have an income above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three and are awarded up to $5,000. For more details, please visit http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs, or call 866-434-4692.

Thirty-one counties in Iowa have already been issued disaster proclamations from flooding and severe weather that occurred beginning June 7.  Below are the counties eligible for financial disaster relief assistance:

Hamilton County and O'Brien County

Application deadline is Aug. 2, 2018

Clay County, Dickinson County, Emmet County, Kossuth County, Lyon County, Osceola County, Palo Alto County, Scott County, and Story County

Application deadline is Aug. 6, 2018

Hancock County, Humboldt County, Plymouth County, Sioux County, and Winnebago County

Application deadline is Aug. 10, 2018

Cherokee County and Webster County

Application deadline is Aug. 13, 2018

Warren County

Application deadline is Aug. 13, 2018

To find more information go to https://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov. The Iowa Concern Hotline, 800-447-1985, is available 24/7 to assist anyone in need of counseling.

Protect Yourself from Flood Victim Fraud

With the recent floods come consumer scams and some contractors who tend to solicit victims of weather disasters. Flood victims should be aware of clean-up, home repair, and construction contractors, especially those who seek business door-to-door and ask for advance payment.

Below are a few tips for flood victims to prevent fraud:

  • Check out the contractor before you sign a contract or pay any money.
  • Get it in writing and seek several written estimates for the job you want done.
  • Avoid paying large sums in advance to a contractor.
  • Do not make a rushed decision or agree to a contract that you do not want just because the contractor tells you that he is busy.
  • In most cases, Iowa's Door-to-Door Sales law gives you three business days to cancel a contract signed at your home.

Consumers should contact the Consumer Protection Division if they have consumer complaints about questionable contractors or about price-gouging at: www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov by phone at 515-281-5926 (toll-free number outside of the Des Moines area: 888-777-4590, or by email at consumer@iowa.gov.

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