President Issues Federal Disaster Declaration for September Floods in Iowa

President Obama has declared a federal disaster as a result of the storms and floods in Iowa from 21 September to 03 October 2016.

The declaration applies to 19 counties of the state: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Wright.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Flooding in Clarksville, Iowa. September 2016. Photo: Office of the Governor, Iowa
Flooding in Clarksville, Iowa. September 2016. Photo: Office of the Governor, Iowa

This is the second federal disaster declaration in a month for Iowa. In early October the President declared a federal disaster for the storms and floods that struck 8 counties (Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek) during late August 2016.

Flood summary

Last updated: October 3, 2016
Event
Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, USA, September 2016
Date
September 20, 2016
Type
Inland flood, Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
B - Clarksville, Iowa
C - Palo, Iowa
D - Mason City
E - Viroqua
F - Wheatland
G - Ferryville

Magnitude

Rainfall level
232.41 mm in 24 hours
Waseca, Wisconsin - September 21 to September 22, 2016
River level
6.55 metres
Shell Rock River, Shell Rock - September 23 to September 23, 2016
River level
5.33 metres
Eau Claire River near Fall Creek, Wisconsin - September 23 to September 23, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
10,000
Iowa - September 21 to September 27, 2016
Fatalities
2 people
Wisconsin - September 21 to September 22, 2016
Buildings destroyed
32 buildings
Wisconsin - September 21 to September 22, 2016

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