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Rain, rain, go away

County disaster designation allows for grant assistance to flood victims

NORTH LIBERTY– City officials are reporting over 8 inches of rain from last week’s severe thunderstorms.
On Monday, the city announced North Liberty saw 8.28 inches of rain in 28 hours last Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18. Storm water systems were overwhelmed and some roads, yards and basements flooded. Streets superintendent Don Colony, a life-long North Liberty resident, said the city hadn’t seen a downpour like that since at least 1993.
City workers will be collecting flood-damaged property curbside to help the cleanup effort. Originally scheduled for April 25 and 26, the collection will now take place all week. Residents need only place flood-damaged items at the curb. Other items will not be collected.
Johnson County Emergency Management is collecting addresses of homes with flood damage. If you had water damage to your property from Wednesday’s flash flooding, or know of property that has, contact Dave Wilson, Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator, at 319-356-6700.
Following the torrential rains, Gov. Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation covering Johnson County, which activates the State of Iowa Individual Assistance Program. The program provides grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three to help with home or car repairs, replacement clothing or food, and the expense of temporary housing. The application and additional information are available from the Iowa Department of Natural Services.