Thousands of Iowans apply for FEMA flood grants

Time is running out for Iowans impacted by flooding, to apply for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA Spokesperson Deanna Frazier tells WHO Radio News nearly 23-hundred Iowans have applied for grants, to replace things like heating and cooling systems and water heaters and other vital household equipment. She says the maximum grant is nearly $35,000. She says the average grant in Iowa is $11,000. She says FEMA has approved $13.3 million for Iowans impacted by flooding so far.

The grants are for counties covered by the Presidential disaster declaration, those impacted by Missouri River and Mississippi River flooding: Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Fremont, Mills, Shelby, Scott, and Louisa counties.

The deadline for Iowans to apply is July 1st.

To contact FEMA: 1-800- 612-FEMA (3362) www.disasterassistance.gov

Frazier says FEMA is working to try and spread the word about the grants, because it's likely many people impacted by flooding, have temporarily located to other areas, and may not be aware of the grants that are available.

The Small Business Administration is also offering low interest loans to help those impacted by flooding.

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