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Government

  • Get ready for camping kickoff weekend, May 3-5

    As Iowans eagerly anticipate warmer temperatures, state park staff are preparing for the start of the 2019 camping season. The first weekend of May marks the official launch of the summer camping season with Iowa State Parks’ annual Camping Kickoff celebration.

    “Year of the Volunteer” is the focus of this year’s Camping Kickoff celebration as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) anticipates its 100th anniversary in 2020.

  • FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities and non-profits in flood-impacted areas

    Gov. Kim Reynolds today received word that additional assistance is now available to public and nonprofit entities in flood-impacted counties.

    A disaster declaration issued by President Trump on March 23, 2019, made 56 counties eligible to apply for emergency work and emergency protective measures assistance under the federal Public Assistance Program. 

  • Reynolds extends existing proclamations of disaster emergency

     Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended existing proclamations of disaster emergency for counties impacted by March flooding.

    This proclamation extends the governor’s March 14 activation of Iowa’s disaster response and recovery efforts for an additional 30 days, to May 12, 2019, and allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state.

  • DOT sends emergency relief funding in response to Iowa floods

    Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao today announced the immediate availability of $9 million in Emergency Relief “Quick Release” funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the state of Iowa to help repair road damages caused by flooding in Iowa. 

    “This money will help with the emergency repairs and getting roads reopened in Southwest Iowa,” Grassley said. “However, this is just the tip of the iceberg in helping with the total emergency road needs in Iowa.”

  • Axne successfully includes Iowa funding into new House Emergency Disaster Bill

  • Annual spring wildlife survey underway

    Ordinarily, a slow moving vehicle at night in the Iowa countryside spotlighting deer, raccoons or coyotes would send Iowans to their phone, speed-dialing their local conservation officer, but in this case, it may be the officer doing the shining.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual spring spotlight survey is underway with Wildlife and Law Enforcement staff conducting nighttime counts of all furbearing animals, and white-tailed deer.  

  • Axne to talk to Firehouse in Red Oak

    Tomorrow, Saturday, April 6, Congresswoman Cindy Axne will return to flood-affected communities to survey damages and meet with constituents, small business owners and farmers who have been impacted by the devasting flooding in Southwest Iowa. Senior FEMA Representative Tim Scranton will also be in attendance.
     

  • Iowa Realtors providing relief to flood victims

    The Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to provide relief for flood stricken areas of Iowa. NAR’s REALTOR Relief Foundation has awarded IAR a grant of $250,000. IAR is contributing an additional $25,000 to bring the total to $275,000.

  • Officials ask for public's cooperation with conserving water in Glenwood

    Residents of Glenwood are strongly encouraged by city officials and the DNR to continue to conserve water and only use it for necessities after boiling.

    Water continues to be transported in from Shenandoah and Red Oak, but the trucks are having a difficult time keeping up with the amount of water being used. Officials are urging residents to conserve the water and use only when necessary to ensure the process of getting a more permanent system in place happens as quickly as possible.

  • Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg issue Give Back Iowa Challenge

    Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg issue Give Back Iowa Challenge
     
    DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced the start of the fifth annual Give Back Iowa Challenge on Monday. The challenge is issued to employers and runs from April 1-May 31, 2019, to engage Iowans in employer-supported volunteering.