Severe Weather Recovery

Tornado Alley Severe Storm

Chickasaw County encountered torrential rainfall and severe winds which caused widespread damage to public and private property, disruption of utility services, and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of this area.

The County Board of Supervisors Declared a local disaster declaration on July 26th. Governor Reynolds also declared Chickasaw County a disaster county on July 25th. This made Chickasaw County eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program as well as to receive response and recovery resources from the State of Iowa.

The County is also undergoing a survey by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management to determine if we are eligible for additional recovery methods. To submit information, please go to ChickasawCoEMA.org and click on “Damage Submission form.”

It is also always beneficial to document recovery by taking pictures before and after cleanup. It is also beneficial to keep original copies of receipts.

Bremer and Chickasaw County residents affected by storms and flooding may be eligible for Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. Gov. Reynolds added Bremer and Chickasaw Counties to the list of the previously declared disaster area counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek.

Residents of Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek counties affected by July storms may be eligible to apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program to help cover losses and damages experienced due to the severe storms.

To qualify, households must be located within the disaster declaration area, and must meet income guidelines. Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation administers the program in Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties.

The program provides up to a maximum of $5,000 per household to cover home repairs, temporary housing, and losses of personal property. Households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline.

Affected residents who may benefit from this assistance are encouraged to contact their local Northeast Iowa Community Action Office to determine eligibility for the assistance and if eligible to begin the application process.

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