Guthrie and Cass counties added to Iowa disaster proclamation


DES MOINES, Iowa- Two more counties have been added to a state disaster proclamation, after severe storms this week August 10th, that caused widespread damage. The proclamation now allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the effects of severe weather in Cass and Guthrie counties. It also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program. 

Governor Reynolds previously declared a disaster and activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Management Program for Audubon, Benton, Boone, Dallas, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Madison, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington counties. Proclamations may be issued for additional counties.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses.

Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.