Flood 2019 – March 12th & Continuing

 

Pottawattamie County Residents Now Eligible for FEMA Assistance

FEMA Disaster Survivors Assistance Teams (DSAT) Now Working in Pottawattamie County.

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FEMA to Open Disaster Recovery Center in Council Bluffs starting Tuesday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 27th.

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At the request of Governor Kim Reynolds, President Donald J. Trump approved Iowa’s request for Presidential Major Disaster Declaration under the provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Act. This declaration makes assistance available to public entities and select nonprofit organizations, as well as homeowners, renters, and businesses in several Iowa counties, including Pottawattamie. The issued declaration allows  for Emergency Work, Permanant Repairs & Restoration to public infrastructure as well as assistance to eligible homeowners, renters, and businesses that were impacted by the flooding beginning on March 12th and continuing.

If you have sustained damages due to the widespread flooding across Pottawattamie County, please report your damages immediately at:

REPORT RESIDENTIAL & BUSINESS FLOOD DAMAGE HERE

After reporting your damages at the link above, you may go ahead and call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY to register for potential FEMA assistance. This will aid in getting our request for individual assistance inclusion approved. 


Media Releases

Date Issued

Subject

Link 

4-19-19

FEMA DSAT Teams In Pottawattamie County

MEDIA RELEASE 4-19-19 DSATs_DRC

4-18-2019

FEMA to open Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

Media Release 4-18-19 DRC

4-17-2019

FEMA Individual Assistance Information

Two Counties Added to IA Disaster Declaration

4-16-2019

FEMA Individual Assistance Awarded

IA Media Release_ 4-16-19

4-2-2019

Damage Assessment Update

MEDIA RELEASE 4-2-19_JPDA Update

4-1-2019

Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments

MEDIA RELEASE 4-1-19_IA JPDA

3-17-2019

Flood Status Update

Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County Flood Update

3-15-2019

Voluntary Evacuations – Pottawattamie County

MEDIA RELEASE county evac 3-15-19

3-14-2019

Shelter Closure

MEDIA RELEASE avoca shelter closure

3-14-2019

9-1-1 Service Outage

minden 911 release

3-13-2019

Water Restrictions – Underwood

MEDIA RELEASE underwood 3-13-19

3-13-2019

Shelter Opening/Evaucations – Council Bluffs

MEDIA RELEASE shelter CB 3-13-19.docx

3-13-2019

Shelter Opening – Avoca

MEDIA RELEASE shelter 3-13-19

3-12-2019

Countywide Flood Preparation Information

MEDIA RELEASE 3-12-19

 


Damage Assessments & Reporting

 

Public Infrastructure Damage Sites assessed (as of 4/11/19) 

$10.1 million in estimated damages 

Residential/Business Damage reports/assessments (as of 4/01/19) 

$724,500 in assessed damages

 


Operational Status Summary

  • The Red Cross Shelter located in Council Bluffs was closed on Saturday, April 13th.

  • FEMA approved Pottawattamie County for Individual Assistance (see press release 4-16-19 above). Emergency Management, Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and FEMA are currently establishing plans to open a Disaster Resource Center where residents can go and apply for FEMA assistance. More information will be provided in the next two days. 

  • Governmental organizations and qualifying non-profits participated in a FEMA Applicants Briefing on 4-4-19 to begin the reocvery process under the FEMA Public Assistance Program which provides cost recovery for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and permanent work to repair and restore public infrastructure.

  • Floodwaters north and south of Council Bluffs continue to recede from roadways. Motorists are still warned to not bypass road closed signs. Areas of unstable roads and significant undermining have been observed. Assume all closed roads are dangerous! Stay behind barricades – it could cost you more than a ticket.


Flood Status Summary

A FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER AFFECTING POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

Missouri River levels and forecast

See current river levels and projections

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Nishnabotna River levels and forecast

See current river levels and projections

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Pottawattamie County Roads status

See current road closures and information

Click here

Iowa DOT Roads status

See current state highway and interstate closures

Click here

REPORT RESIDENTIAL & BUSINESS FLOOD DAMAGE HERE

Register to volunteer here

Register Donations here


Flood Assistance Resources

 Resource / Program Name Description Status
 
Red Cross Shelter Emergency shelter and food. Salem Methodist Church, 14955 Somerset Ave, Council Bluffs. Open
Human Services Advisory Council – CB Helps  Area resources availalbe from human service organizations. www.cbhelps.org 
  Disaster Unmet Needs Committee  Supplemental assistance to public disaster aid programs.  Registration information forthcoming
Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program West Central Community Action, Omni Centre, 300 W Broadway #35, Council Bluffs. NOTICE: This program is no longer open for applications due to the activation of the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. 

Click Here for EMERGENCY SERVICES RESOURCES

Click Here for EMERGENCY SERVICES RESOURCES (Spanish)

Click Here for more information on Flood Recovery Resources in Iowa

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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

Pottawattamie Alert is the countywide emergency notification system serving all residents within Pottawattamie County and its communities.

Part of the Alert Iowa System, Pottawattamie Alert is a high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses and residents of Pottawattamie County and its Communities that allows public officials to warn citizens of pending emergencies, critical public information during disasters, recommended protective actions, and provides automated severe weather warnings tailored to your preferences. The system can also be used to provide other important information to communities.

REGISTER TODAY – CLICK THE POTTAWATTAMIE ALERT LOGO