As near as we can tell, just about every home in the City of West Liberty was affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding. To give the issue some scale, even homes that saw no water in 1993 or 2008 were affected this past week. The damage runs from some minor wetness and limited damage to personal property to several feet of standing water that caused losses of heat and power to homes as well as damage that will require substantial repairs and renovation. Our community has worked together to get through the immediate crisis, and now we can begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding.
This morning, Governor Branstad added Muscatine County to his prior disaster declaration. This opens up resources to the city for the removal of flood damaged debris, and it opens up channels for individual assistance to persons affected by the flooding.
For removal of flood affected debris, contact the City of West Liberty at 319-627-2418 to have a dumpster brought to your property. The city will be cutting the cost of dumpsters in half for the clean up effort so a six-yard Dumpster will cost $40, a three-yard dumpster will cost $20, and a one-and-one-half-yard dumpster will cost $10. Once the dumpster has been filled, contact the city again to have the debris picked up. While there will still be a $10 charge for electronics/appliances, the city will be waiving its policy on construction materials and will pick up from the dumpster those materials needing to be torn out due to flooding. Reservations will be accepted until May 3.
For individual assistance, the Red Cross has already been in our community to provide some services and can be contacted at 224-374-6953. With the disaster declaration, individuals can also seek assistance through the Iowa Department of Human Services Individual Assistance Program. This program provides grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level (a maximum annual income of $38,184 for a family of three or $54,024 for a family of five). Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for expenses related to temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to flooding clean up and recovery.
To access the Individual Assistance Program, people may call the Department of Human Services Grant Assistance Program at 866-434-4692 or go to “Disaster Assistance” at the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov. Applications must be received within 45 days.
If you have questions, please reach out to city hall at 319-627-2418, and we will get out any new information as it changes or additional means of assistance.
A message from the MayorChad Thomas · Thursday, April 25, 2013