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Pottawattamie County provides status updates after a disaster

Pottawattamie County provides status updates after a disaster

Posted on May 4, 2024
Posted by: Public relations

Pottawattamie County, Iowa – Following the severe weather events of April 26, damage assessments continue in Pottawattamie County. Assessments are an ongoing process, but are beginning to validate the full extent of tornado damage.

Current estimates indicate some damage has been experienced by owners of 302 homes and businesses in the county. Early projections estimate the destruction will total approximately $20,916,438 in damage, with an estimated $12,213,237 in property damage in Minden, including some estimates to provincial or municipal infrastructure.

Material damage in figures, excluding public infrastructure (as of 4-5-24):

Multi-Agency Resource Center brings together service providers for disaster survivors

More than twenty HR agencies came together in Minden on Saturday, May 4, for the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). The MARC functions as a one-stop-shop assistance center for disaster information and services. Assistance is available for a variety of needs, including health and mental services, temporary housing, legal services and more.

The MARC is open to all Pottawattamie County residents affected by the tornado outbreak and will resume operations on Sunday, May 5.

  • LOCATION: United Church of Christ, 106 Lincoln Street, Minden, Iowa
  • WHEN: Sunday, May 5 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Efforts to establish future MARCs are being coordinated, with possible locations in Crecent, Treynor and Council Bluffs.

Infrastructure stabilization continues in Minden

Power has been restored to all homes and businesses that can receive power in Minden. The State of Iowa worked with the City of Minden to obtain contract services for a temporary water treatment plant and a debris removal contract that will expedite recovery.

The installation of the temporary water treatment plant started on Friday, May 3. Officials are hopeful the plant will be fully operational in the coming days. State-contracted debris removal work in Minden will begin on Monday, May 6.

Other resources available to county residents

Free drop-off location for tree debris. Only vegetative waste is accepted. Cargoes including scrap metal, lumber and other materials will be refused.

  • LOCATION: 145th Street and Rosewood Road; formerly known as the ‘KOA Camping’
  • DATES: 5/4/2024 to 6/2/2024 (seven days a week, closed on Memorial Day)
  • HOURS: 8am – 4pm

Currently, all communities in the province have received sufficient donations of household items. Disaster survivors can access these resources from multiple locations.

  • Crescent City Hall, 102 W Florence Street, Crescent, Iowa
  • Neola Area Community Center, 110 4th Street, Neola, Iowa
  • Charles E. Lakin Foundation, 705 N 16th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Treynor Town Hall, 11 West Main Street, Treynor Iowa

How can I help?

Officials continue to express their gratitude for the incredible support they have received since the disaster. Volunteer groups have offered an incredible resource this past week. To place volunteers where they are needed most, officials are asking people interested in helping to use the volunteer portal at sharegoodiowa.org. Agency partners will connect with volunteers and orchestrate the efforts.

The needs of individuals and families vary widely during the process of recovery. Monetary donations allow flexibility in meeting these needs. The Community Foundation for Western Iowa has established a Southwest Iowa Emergency Relief Fund to support affected areas throughout the region. A separate fund has been set up for the Minden community. Opportunities to donate to these funds are available at GiveWesternIowa.org.

Report damage

With the governor’s request for a presidential disaster declaration, Pottawattamie County officials are emphasizing the importance of home and business owners submitting their claims on the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management website. The reports provide vital information to support the request for federal assistance to homeowners and business owners. The damage reporting portal can be accessed via pcema-ia.org.

About emergency management in Pottawattamie County: Emergency management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capacity to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other human activities.causes disasters. For more information visit pcema-ia-org.