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$4.4 million Awarded to Wind and Tornado Damage Victims

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$4.4 million Awarded to Wind and Tornado Damage Victims

Des Moines, IA (November 9, 2011) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today that six counties will share more than $4.4 million to assist homeowners affected by high winds and tornados that blew across Iowa this spring.  IEDA is using federal Community Development Block Grant funds through the Tornado and Wind Damage Assistance Program to assist uninsured and under-insured, low-to-moderate income homeowners’ in Benton, Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Tama, and Taylor Counties with repairs to their homes.  Additionally, funds from the Iowa Rebate Program will also be made available to these homeowners to replace damaged appliances.

Monona County, which was hit by an F3 tornado on April 9 that leveled approximately 100 homes in Mapleton, will receive $3 million to assist residents to rebuild their homes.  Benton County will receive $500,000, Tama County will receive $303,900, and Cherokee, Ida, and Taylor Counties will receive $200,000 each to assist homeowners who experienced damage to their homes caused by high winds.

“These funds are going to help Iowa families hit hardest by devastating tornado and wind events,” said Governor Terry Branstad.  “Iowa’s weather is unpredictable, but Iowans can always count on neighbors helping neighbors.  These funds are going to pick up where volunteer efforts left off and provide the financial resources necessary to rebuild homes and rebuild entire neighborhoods in communities like Mapleton.”

“We are pleased to be able to deploy these funds exactly where they are needed most,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  “Eligible homeowners will be able to repair or rebuild their homes after this spring’s severe weather.”

Homeowners who live in these counties who have experienced damage from high winds or tornados should contact their county officials or their Regional Council of Government for additional information.  Assistance is only available to low-to-moderate income homeowners for repair or reconstruction of single family homes. Properties damaged solely from flood-related events are not eligible for this program.  The CDBG program is federally-funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IEDA is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. 

The Iowa Rebate Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide assistance to purchase energy-efficient appliances, is also making $800,000 available to directly assist the same storm-affected homeowners.  The low-to-moderate income families who are eligible to receive assistance through the CDBG Tornado and Wind Damage Assistance Program will also be eligible for the appliance rebate program to replace appliances damaged or lost in the spring storms. Eligible residents will be contacted directly.

For more information on CDBG or other community programs, phone 515.725.3005, email elyse.shindelar@iowa.gov, or visit www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com.

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