Individual Assistance Program helps flood victims

Posted June 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Sioux County and Plymouth County have been included in Governor Terry Branstadt’s Proclamation for Individual Assistance Program (IAP) for damages done during the flooding event that started on May 26.

Both Plymouth and Sioux counties have joined with Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. to facilitate the program in their respective counties.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.

The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: Applications must be received within 45 days of the date of proclamation. Sioux County was declared a disaster on May 28 and Plymouth County on May 29.

The Iowa Individual Assistance 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.

Citizens who are interested in applying for the assistance program should go to and click on the “disaster assistance” link. This opens a page that contains the application and instructions for the Iowa IAP. People may also stop in at the Sioux Center or Remsen Mid-Sioux offices and they will be assisted in filling out the application.

Upon filling out the application, Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. will process the application along with the appropriate accompanying information needed.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. offices are at 313 N. Main St. in Sioux Center, phone 712-722-3611 or in Remsen at 418 S. Marion St., phone 712-786-2001, or call the Sioux County Emergency Management Coordinator at 712-737-4010. The Plymouth County Emergency Management Coordinator’s office number is 712-546-8101.

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