King Surveys Flood Damage, Disaster Response in Missouri Valley, Hornick
Important State and Federal Flood Resources Available on King’s Congressional Website
Washington DC- Congressman Steve King releases the following statement regarding the ongoing flooding occurring throughout Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. King surveyed flood damage in Missouri Valley and Hornick this afternoon, and was personally briefed on emergency response efforts by Mayor Shawn Kelly of Missouri Valley and Mayor Scott Mitchell of Hornick. King was also accompanied by first responders in each community who further briefed him on the local impact of the flooding. In Missouri Valley, approximately 1,000 people were evacuated due to the flooding and first responders conducted approximately 20 water rescues.
Congressman Steve King (center) discusses the impact of flooding on Missouri Valley with Mayor Shawn Kelly (right) and City Clerk Jodie Flaherty.
“Iowans are tough and resilient, and both of these commendable qualities are tested when we experience severe flooding,” said King. “My team was the first to have boots on the ground in the 4th District’s affected areas, and I am working closely with local leaders to help our District recover from this disaster. As the Dean of Iowa’s House delegation, and its only Republican, I will not hesitate to use my influence with President Trump to help Iowans gain access to federal flood relief programs. Based on the damage I have seen, I am encouraging Governor Reynolds to submit the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration to the President as soon as possible. Once the Governor does so, I will immediately ask President Trump to grant it, and I will ask all the other members of our delegation to do the same.”
King also reminds members of the public that that his official Congressional website, https://steveking.house.gov, contains important links to information regarding state and federal flood resources that may be of assistance to Iowans affected by the recent flooding. The links are reproduced below, but they may also be found on the home page of the Congressman’s website under the “Constituent Services” tab. Included links contain important information about USDA disaster resources that may be of particular interest to agricultural producers who have experienced loss.
Iowa Public Damage and Storm Reporting: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/162782ba447e494a8a82fdae29625fd4
Iowa Department of Public Health: http://www.idph.iowa.gov/flooding
Iowa Flood Center: http://www.iowafloodcenter.org
Iowa Department of Transportation Traveler Information: www.511ia.org
Iowa Disaster Case Management Program: http://iowacommunityaction.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program: http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
USDA Disaster Programs:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) – More info here: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/livestock-indemnity/index LIP provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather or by attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government. LIP payments are equal to 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) – More info here: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/emergency-assist-for-livestock-honey-bees-fish/index ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary.
Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – More info here: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/tree-assistance-program/index The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) authorized the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – More info here: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/noninsured-crop-disaster-assistance/index NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.
Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) – More info here: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/emergency-conservation/index The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and to help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought. The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers funding and assistance to repair the damaged farmland or to install methods for water conservation.
Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) – More info here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/ewp/?cid=nrcs143_008199 The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program was created to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. The EWP Program offers technical and financial assistance to help local communities such as cities, counties and towns relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural occurrences that impair a watershed.
FEMA: Ready.gov: Floods- https://www.ready.gov/floods
FEMA: Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/272#