An update on the Iowa’s flood recovery efforts:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that eight additional Iowa counties — Clinton, Decatur, Dubuque, Greene, Keokuk, Pottawattamie, Van Buren, and Washington — were granted a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance.

62 counties across the state have been approved for Individual Assistance. Individual Assistance allows eligible homeowners, renters, business owners and non-profit organizations to recover from the effects of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 25 and continues.

In addition, 77 counties across the state have been approved for public assistance. Public Assistance funds pay the approved cost of debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities. A series of applicant briefings will be held for local officials to explain the application process.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Below is the latest list of counties to receive a Presidential Disaster Declaration:

Butler County- IA/PA
Black Hawk County- IA/PA
Buchanan County- IA/PA
Delaware County- PA/IA
Adams County- IA/PA
Page County- IA/PA
Marion County- IA/PA
Story County- IA/PA
Tama County- IA/PA
Union County- IA/PA
Boone County- PA/IA
Cerro Gordo County- PA/IA
Crawford County- PA/IA
Dallas County- PA/IA
Dubuque County- PA/IA
Floyd County- PA/IA
Franklin County- PA/IA
Benton County- IA/PA
Bremer County- IA/PA
Fayette County- IA/PA
Hardin County- IA/PA
Johnson County- IA/PA
Linn County- IA/PA
Cedar County- IA/PA
Jones County- IA/PA
Louisa County- IA/PA
Muscatine County- IA/PA
Polk County- IA/PA
Winneshiek County- IA/PA
Allamakee County- IA/PA
Des Moines County- IA/PA
Fremont County- IA/PA
Harrison County- IA/PA
Clayton County- IA/PA
Grundy County- PA
Howard County- PA
Iowa County- PA/IA
Marshall County- PA/IA
Mitchell County- PA/IA
Ringgold County-PA
Worth County- PA/IA
Wright County- PA/IA
Chickasaw County-IA/PA
Jasper County-IA/PA
Mahaska County-IA/PA
Mills County-IA/PA
Monona County-IA/PA
Warren County-IA/PA
Adair County- PA
Hancock County-PA/IA
Humboldt County-PA
Kossuth County- PA/IA
Madison County-PA/IA
Taylor County- PA
Webster County- PA/IA
Lee County-IA/PA
Wapello County- IA/PA
Cass County-PA
Clinton County-PA/IA
Decatur County-PA/IA
Greene County-PA/IA
Guthrie County-PA
Hamilton County- PA/IA
Montgomery County-PA
Poweshiek County-PA
Scott County-IA/PA
Carroll County-PA
Jackson County-PA
Keokuk County-PA/IA
Washington County-PA/IA
Davis County-PA/IA
Henry County-PA
Lyon County-PA
Palo Alto County-PA
Pocahontas County-PA
Pottawattamie County-PA/IA
Van Buren County-PA/IA
Lucas County- IA

PA = County Approved for Public Assistance Grants

IA = County Approved for Individual Assistance Grants

The last date to make an application for individual assistance is July 27, 2008. The State has formally requested a 60-day extension of this date. If the extension is approved, the application close date will move to September 27, 2008.

Iowa Disaster Recovery Centers

Black Hawk
 Pine Crest Building
 1407 Independence Ave

Waterloo, IA 50703
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Black Hawk
 UNI Towers Center
 2003 Campus Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50613
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Linn
 Westdale Mall
 2600 Edgewood Road, SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Johnson
 Kirkwood Elementary School
 1401 9th Street Coralville, IA 52241
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Polk
 Harding Middle School
 203 East Euclid Avenue Des Moines, IA 50313
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Floyd
 Charles City Middle School
 500 N. Grand Charles City, IA 50616
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Bremer
 Waverly-Shell Rock High Commons
 1405 4th Ave, SW Waverly, IA 50677
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Cerro Gordo
 Southbridge Mall
 100 S. Federal Avenue Mason City, IA 50401
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Louisa
 Briggs Civic Center
 317 N. Water Street Wapello, IA 52653
 10-7 M-F 10-5 S-S

Benton
 New Vinton/Shellsburg
 210 W. 21st Street Vinton, IA 52349
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Linn
 Prairie High School
 401 76th Aveue Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Linn
 Palo Fire Station
 505 Vinton Street Palo, IA 52324
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Johnson
 Johnson County Fairgrounds
 4260 Oak Crest Hill Road SE Iowa City, IA 52246
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Jasper
 Mingo High School
 204 N. League Road Colfax, IA 50054
 S-S 10-5 M-F 8-7

Winneshiek
 Decorah Middle School
 405 Winnebago Street Decorah, IA 52101
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Des Moines
 Great River Medical Center
 1221 S. Gear Avenue West Burlington, IA 52655
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Wapello
 Indian Hills Community College
 525 Grandview Ottumwa, IA 52501
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Cedar
 Cedar County Courthouse
 400 Cedar Street Tipton, IA 52772
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Muscatine
 ** Muscatine High School
 2705 Cedar Street Muscatine, IA 52761
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Harrison
 ** Dunlap City Hall
 716 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, IA 51529
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Chickasaw
 ** Nashua Fire Station
 125 Greenwood Ave Nashua, IA 50658
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

Freemont
 ** Simmons Elementary School
 309 S. Street Hamburg, IA 51640
 8-7 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat

** New Disaster Recovery Centers that have opened across the state.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Last month, Governor Culver requested, and received, from the federal government more than $17 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance. These funds are used to hire workers who have been displaced due to funding.

Individuals can work for approximately 6 months in the program and can earn up to $12,000. Individuals are paid at the prevailing rate for the worksite, which provides higher compensation than unemployment insurance benefits. To apply, Iowans who are eligible are encouraged to contact their local Iowa Workforce Development Office.

Unemployment Assistance

631 – Disaster Unemployment Assistance Claims Received

Disaster Relief Employment Grant

Dubuque Co
 Dubuque Co Converations
 6

City of New Vienna
 4

City of Dyersville
 4

Delaware Co
 City of Manchester
 2

Back Bone State Park
 4

Delware County Conversation
 2

Allamakee Co
 County Engineeer
 3

County Conservation
 1

Driftless Area NWR
 3

Emergency Management
 1

Clayton Co
 Driftless Area NWR
 3

Howard Co
 County Engineer
 3

Emergency Management
 1

Winneshiek Co
 County Conservation
 1

Fayette Co
 County Conservation
 4

Charles City
 Public Library
 1

Parkersburg
 Various sites

City-Maintenance workers
 20

City-Clerical workers
 2

Waterloo
 Waterloo Leisure Services
 5

Buchanan County
 County Engineer
 4

County Conservation
 4

Waverly

City of Waverly – Parks
 1

Lamont
 City of Lamont
 1

Butler County
 Butler Co. Engineer
 25

New Hartford
 City of New Hartford
 1

Crawford County
 County Parks
 2

County Fair Grounds
 30

Secondary Roads
 3

City of Arion
 City park, public property
 4

City of Dow City
 Park and city facilities
 4

Carroll County
 Secondary Roads
 1

Total
 44

Scott County
 Davenport Parks
 4

Iowa Work/Eastern IA CC
 1

Eastern Iowa CC
 1

Jackson County
 US Dept of Natural Resources
 3

US Dept of Agriculture
 1

US Fish and Wildlife
 2

County Conservation
 2

Clinton Co
 Parks
 4

Johnson Co
 City of Coralville
 30

City of IA City-Parks/Rec
 20

MECCA
 10

Linn Co
 African American Museum
 5

City of Cedar Rapids
 200

Aid to Women
 20

Horizons
 4

Boys & Girls Club
 10

HD Youth Center
 20

Indian Creek Nature Center
 3

Cedar Valley Humane Society
 2

Crest Services
 5

ASAC Heart of Iowa
 15

Headstart
 5

Four Oaks
 20

St. Vincent DePaul
 3

Animals Helping People
 15

Cedar Co
 Cedar Co E-911 Commission
 2

Cedar Co Emergency Mgt
 2

Cedar Co Environment Health
 2

Cedar Co Conservation
 2

Jones Co
 City of Anamosa
 8

City of Olin
 1

City of Oxford Junction
 5

Iowa Co
 City of Ladora
 6

Amana Society of Historical Soc
 16

Benton Co
 City of Vinton
 20

Polk Co
 Walnut Woods
 2

Ledges State Park
 4

Montgomery Co
 City of Red Oak Library
 3

City of Elliot
 1

City of Red Oak
 10

City of Villisca
 3

Taylor Co
 City of Clearfield
 3

Union Co
 Union County Conservation
 4

City of Creston – Library
 2

Adams Co
 City of Corning
 7

Lake Icaria
 4

Adams County Extension Office
 6

Corning Community Schools
 3

Ringgold Co
 Ringgold County Roads
 5

Adair Co
 City of Orient
 3

Des Moines
 Des Moines County Regional Landfill
 3

Haz Chem Center
 2

Des Moines County Conservation
 5

Des Moines County Drainage District 8
 6

Des Moines County Drainage District 7
 6

Iowa River Flint Creek Levee District 16
 6

City of Burlington
 3

Henry
 Conservation Board
 2

Lee
 George M Verity Riverboat Museum
 4

Fort Madison Parks and Rec
 15

Green Bay Levee & Drainage District
 6

City of Montrose
 2

North Lee County Historical Society
 10

Louisa
 Louisa County Conservation
 2

City of Columbus Junction
 2

US Mark Twain Wildlife Refuge
 4

Louisa County DD4
 6

Iowa River Flint Creek Levee District 16
 6

City of Oakville
 10

Columbus Junction Fairgrounds
 2

Total Projects to Date – 102

Projected Number of Workers Needed – 782

STATE HOUSING ASSISTANCE

www.HousingInIowa.org

This web site is an excellent resource for rental housing opportunities around Iowa, including many that offer affordable units. Property managers are also encouraged to visit the site and list units for rent.

FirstHome and FirstHome Plus Borrowers

If you used IFA’s FirstHome or FirstHome Plus program to finance your home loan, please call your loan servicer if you are having trouble, or believe you may begin to have trouble, paying your mortgage. Contact Countrywide Bank at 1-800-669-6076 or Nationwide Advantage Mortgage at 1-800-356-3442.

Iowa Mortgage Help

If you are having trouble contacting your loan servicer and need additional assistance working with them, contact Iowa Mortgage Help. Iowa Mortgage Help can assist you in creating the best plan of action to keep your home. Trained mortgage counselors will provide free, confidential services. Regardless of who services your home loan, you can take advantage of Iowa Mortgage Help. Call 877-622-4866 or visit www.IowaMortgageHelp.com.

Homeownership Programs

If you are considering homeownership, IFA offers two outstanding programs that can help. FirstHome offers qualified first-time home buyers affordable mortgage financing with a low, fixed interest rate. The FirstHome Plus program provides cash assistance of up to $2,500 to help with closing costs, down payment or minor repairs. To learn more about either program, visit www.iowafinanceauthority.gov or talk to an IFA participating lender.

NOTE: Before you take advantage of any of the resources offered by the Iowa Finance Authority, we strongly encourage you to contact FEMA to inquire about disaster assistance. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit www.fema.gov.

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

100 mobile homes on-site; 12 enroute

Shelter Information: Three shelters remained open with a total population of 80.

Individual Assistance:

DRC visitors: 23,015

Registrations: 27,925

Total State and Federal Assistance approved: More than $130.9 million

Housing Assistance Approved: More than $81.3 million

Other Needs Assistance Approved: More than $8.7 million

Inspections Issued: 24,809

Returned to FEMA: 24,234

Turnaround time for inspections: 4 days, 07 hours, 01 minutes

SBA Assistance Approved: More than $34.9 million

Fed. PA Obligations Approved: More than $6.0 million

Those seeking FEMA assistance are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC. If they visit a DRC after registering, they should not re-register because that may delay FEMA assistance. Only one registration per household is allowed. Registration is done by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585, or online at www.fema.gov.

FEMA disaster assistance specialists and representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available at each DRC to answer questions. Other state, federal and non-profit organizations will have information at the DRC as well.

When applicants call to register, they will be asked to provide current contact information – address and phone number – their Social Security number, insurance information, a brief description of damage sustained as well as the specific location of damaged property. Direct deposit is available for those who are eligible for assistance and can provide their bank information. Those who suffered additional storm-related damage after registering should call the toll-free registration line again to report the additional damage.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

More information about the Iowa disaster is available online at www.fema.gov or www.Iowahomelandsecurity.org.