Mandatory evacuation order for certain unincorporated areas of Mills County, Iowa, has been lifted.

Mandatory evacuation order for certain unincorporated areas of Mills County, Iowa, has been lifted.
People gather in downtown Hamburg, Iowa, on March 17 to watch the floodwaters creep closer to the flood barrier built in town. The levee protecting the town from the floodwaters of the Missouri River broke, flooding part of the town. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Included are properties along the following roads:

» 221st Street, transitioning to Lambert Avenue from 195th Street west to the Missouri River.

» 194th Street, north of Lambert Avenue and west of Interstate 29 (limited to residents only).

» 195th Street, from Lambert Avenue south to Paddock Avenue.

Residents and property owners in these areas can return to their property during daylight hours to determine the viability of the premises, officials said.

People should follow these procedures:

» Prior to occupying a residence or business, the owner shall contact the Mills County Building and Zoning Office at 712-527-4347 to determine if an inspection is needed.

» If the property is connected to a well or a septic system, the owner should contact Mills County Public Health at 712-527-9699 to determine if an inspection is necessary.

» If electrical service had been temporarily discontinued, power may be re-established after an inspection is done under guidelines set forth by Mid-American Energy.

People also may call the Mills County Communication Center, at 712-527-4871, for assistance.

Lions Club providing food to Mills County families

Glenwood Lions Club is sponsoring a food distribution for 200 families affected by flooding in Mills County, Iowa.

Advanced sign-up is required to receive $70 in food distributed through No Frills Supermarket and Russ’s Market in Glenwood.

Families can sign up by calling Mills County Public Health at 712-527-9699. People should provide their name and address and bring an ID. Food pickup will occur from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The effort is sponsored by the Glenwood Lions Club in conjunction with the State of Iowa Lions Club and the National Lions Club.

Residents of 12 more Nebraska counties may be eligible for assistance

Residents of 12 more Nebraska counties, impacted by high water and power outages due to the recent floods, may be eligible for individual assistance, including the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, officials said Tuesday.

The assistance has been approved for affected, qualified individuals in Antelope, Boyd, Burt, Cuming, Hall, Howard, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Saline and Stanton Counties.

Disaster recovery creates need for employees; jobs available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has an immediate need for temporary employees to help with disaster recovery in Broken Bow, Grand Island, Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha and West Platte.

Posted posted positions include Public Assistance Program delivery managers, site inspection specialists, emergency management specialists and external affairs specialists. More positions will be available soon.

The temporary positions are for 120 days and may be extended, in 120-day increments, for a maximum 365-day appointment.

For information, visit USAJOBS.gov and type “FEMA local Hire” in the search box and “Nebraska” in the location box.

Flood recovery supplies still available from Salvation Army

People in need of supplies to aid in their recovery can still get them from the Salvation Army.

Supplies are available in Bellevue and Council Bluffs.

The Bellevue site is located in the old JCPenney store at the south end of Southroads Mall, 1001 Fort Crook Road. The Bluffs center is at 715 N. 16th St.

Effective Thursday, the Bellevue site will be opne from noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The hours for the Council Bluffs center are: Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Two Iowa counties added to presidential disaster declaration

Two Iowa counties affected by Missouri River flooding have been added to the recently issued presidential disaster declaration.

According to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, residents in Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties can now apply for federal individual assistance, which provides aid to eligible homeowners, renters and businesses.

Residents of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury Counties were included in the March 23 disaster declaration.

The federal Individual Assistance program can provide homeowners, renters and businesses with grants and low-interest loans to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

For more information on flood recovery resources available to Iowans, visit www.floods2019.iowa.gov or call 211.

Douglas County flood survivors get $3 million in FEMA assistance, one-fifth of state total

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted nearly $3 million in individual assistance to flood survivors in Douglas County, about one-fifth of the statewide total.

FEMA officials gave the Douglas County Board an update Tuesday on local flood recovery efforts.

Through the end of Monday, 910 people in Douglas County had registered for individual assistance, Reginald O. Burt, a individual assistance specialist for FEMA, told the county board. He said 778 had been referred for some type of assistance from the agency.

To date, FEMA had granted about $2.5 million in housing assistance to Douglas County residents, he said, and another $388,000 for other needs, such as personal property, medical and dental care and transportation.

Statewide in Nebraska, FEMA had provided about $15.4 million in individual assistance, and about $1.7 million for other needs through Monday, Burt said.

While not everyone qualifies for individual assistance, FEMA representatives at the county board meeting said people can amend their applications if they find more damage in their homes than first noticed, although they’ll need to show documentation.

People who receive a denial letter from FEMA also need to read the whole letter, because it may tell them how to fix a simple problem with their application, said Brenda Gustafson, a FEMA external affairs specialist.

She said people often stop reading when they see the denial. But she said she has heard that up to 80 percent of denials are because of things that applicants can correct, such as a wrong digit in their Social Security number or some other technical detail.

People have until May 20 to register for individual assistance, although FEMA is urging people to apply soon and not to wait until the last minute. People can register online, at www.disasterassistance.gov; by phone, at 1-800-621-3362; or in person at a Disaster Recovery Center. The center in Douglas County is at 111 E. Front St. in Valley. To find others, go to FEMA.gov/DRC.

The Small Business Administration also is offering low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and business people affected by the flooding.

County Board Member Mary Ann Borgeson asked about King Lake, an often-flooded area near Valley that was hard hit by flooding. People are worried that they may not be able to rebuild or receive any assistance for rebuilding.

Gustafson said FEMA is “well aware of King Lake and Valley” and is working with a lot of areas where homes are not habitable. She said it’s a complicated issue, involving state and local governments, and federal and local zoning regulations. She said FEMA has brought in a team of experts to work with local government and residents on the issues.

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