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Current May 13, 2010
Number of individuals who have filed for assistance with FEMA:
Housing Assistance approved:
23,289 households approved for $122.4 million
Small Business Administration loans approved for homeowners:
Small Business Administration loans approved for businesses:
Federal assistance approved for Public Assistance projects:
Total State and Federal Assistance approved so far:
Timeline: May 25 – August 13, 2008
The official “incident period” for the devastating Iowa storms and floods of 2008 began on May 25 with the tornado that hit Butler and Black Hawk Counties, and closed on August 13, when all rivers in Iowa had fallen below flood stage.
Governor-declared disaster counties: 86 (covering roughly 45,000 square miles and almost 700 cities and towns). Source: HSEMD
Presidentially-declared disaster counties: 85 (77 counties eligible for both IA and PA; 7 counties eligible for PA only; 1 county eligible for IA only). Source: FEMA
(Assistance to individuals and households):
Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Montgomery, Monroe, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Story, Tama, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winneshiek, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright Counties.
(Assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities):
Adams, Adair, Allamakee, Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Carroll, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Chickasaw, Cedar, Clarke, Clayton, Crawford, Dallas, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Montgomery, Monona, Monroe, Muscatine, Page, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright Counties for Public Assistance.
Butler County for emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
All counties in the State of Iowa are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Total number of storm, tornado, and flood-related deaths: 18
Total number of persons injured: 106
Source: Iowa State Coroner
Estimated number of people displaced by tornadoes and flooding: 38,000
Pets/Animals: More than 1,500 animals placed in rescue shelters due to the disasters (More than 1,200 pets in Cedar Rapids and 300 pets in Iowa City were rescued)
Over 50,000 volunteer hours were logged for the Cedar Rapids Shelter
Number of swine drowned in the flooding: About 3,100 (with another 1,000 swine estimated to be lost or now feral)
Number of animals moved prior to flooding: More than 37,000
Sandbags distributed: More than 6,000,000 (Six million)
Gallons of water distributed: More than 300,000 gallons
Amount of debris removed from affected communities: 166,680 tons (includes construction & demolition materials and vegetation debris)
Source: State/FEMA Joint Field Office, Sept. 3, 2008
Acres of farmland:
Soil conservation impacts
Number of grassed waterway sites needing repair following the flooding: 12,157
Number of terrace sites needing repair following the flooding: 8,137
Number of water and sediment control basins needing repair following the flooding: 3,375
Number of grade stabilization structure sites needing repair following the flooding: 800
Number of state roads closed during the disaster: 24
Number of highways closed during the disaster: 20
Number of secondary roads closed during the disaster: 1,000+
Weather and Precipitation Statistics
Source: NOAA National Weather Service, Sept. 3, 2008
Precipitation totals by area
Source: State Climatology Bureau, IDALS, Sept. 2008
Source: State Climatology Bureau, IDALS
More fatalities occur in the United States each year due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard because people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.
As little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
Two feet of floodwater can float your car.
Water moving at 2 mph is capable of sweeping a car off a road or bridge.
Source: Iowa DOT