(Glenwood) Flood affected residents of Mills County are encouraged to contact the Loess Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross regarding a new source of funding assistance. Applications are currently being taken from flood victims for the Southwest Iowa Recovery Network (SWIRN) grant money. Applicants could receive up to $1000 in recovery relief. Residents can call 712-435-5661 for an application or to seek information.
FEMA is also still taking applications for Individual Assistance through December 19th. Area residents can apply by contacting FEMA by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.fema.gov. Please act quickly as there is less than 2 weeks remaining in the sign up period.
Public Information Officer Sheri Bowen says now is the time to take action if you are in need of financial assistance from FEMA or the Red Cross. She says they know there are still families who are not able to return to their homes as well as a large number of folks who are home, but have been hit hard financially and mentally by this very long flood process.”
Mental health assistance is available at no cost by contacting the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985. Project Recovery Iowa can assist you by providing needed support during the recovery process and help you to regain a sense of control over your life. This free and confidential service is available to flood affected individuals in Mills County.
Those flood affected individuals who may require legal assistance, are eligible to receive free disaster related legal advice from an attorney, by calling the Iowa State Bar Association’s toll-free legal aide hotline at (877) 775-8882, 24-hours a day, and leave a brief message with the following information, identifying that you are seeking flood-related legal assistance, the county where you reside and your current contact information. Those who qualify for assistance are matched with Iowa lawyers who have volunteered their time to provide free legal advice. (Note: this service is provided solely for legal issues arising from the flooding which occurred during the period of May 25 to August 1, 2011, in Mills County.
The Mills County Flood Recovery Hotline, 712-527-4231, is still in operation and staff is available to provide current resource information. You may also access information through the website at www.millscountyflood.org.