Flood road damage

DES MOINES — Three months later, many questions remain as state leaders try to help Iowans navigate state and federal flood relief programs.

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ flood recovery advisory board met June 19 at the Iowa Capitol to discuss the state’s latest flood relief efforts.

“I know a lot of this is fluid and I know a lot of times it’s frustrating,” Reynolds said to fellow flood recovery board members during the meeting.

Beth Townsend, director of the state’s workforce development department, noted many home owners may not understand what they should consider when deciding whether to renovate or rebuild their flood-damaged property. She said the department, in conjunction with Iowa State University, is planning a town hall for July 2 in Glenwood, Iowa, to inform people what they should be looking for and considering when making that decision.

Reynolds said one bit of good news received June 19 was that the federal government extended the time period that covers flood relief requests. With the extension, damage that occurred as a result of flooding events between May 12 and June 15 is eligible for federal assistance.

Currently, 71 counties are eligible for public assistance, and nine are eligible for federal individual assistance. Those counties are listed at floods2019.iowa.gov.