Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for seven Iowa counties impacted by flooding and severe weather that began on Thursday (June 7, 2018).

On Monday, the governor signed a proclamation that allows the use of state resources to help with the recovery in the following counties: Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Howard and Winneshiek.

According to a press release, the only state resource requested so far is the activation of the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant and Disaster Case Management programs.  Those programs provide grants of up to $5,000 to residents who meet income guidelines. 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.

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies. Report damage through the link provided at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.