Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Black Hawk County as a result of effects of the severe storms and flooding that began September 2nd.

The Governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the severe storms and flooding. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents.

The Iowa Individual Assistance 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 $41,560 for a family of three.

Grants are available for eligible home or car repairs, replacement of clothing, personal property or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation or until October 22nd to submit an application/claim.

Operation Threshold will determine eligibility and will make direct payments to vendors for those with eligible repairs or purchase replacement items. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.

Applications for Black Hawk County residents are being taken at Operation Threshold’s Waterloo office at 1535 Lafayette Street, Waterloo, (319) 291-2065.
Applications are also available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website but these will also need to be taken to the Operation Threshold office to be processed.