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Iowa's seventh disaster recovery center opens in Story County

The seventh Disaster Recovery Center of the state was opened in Story County to overcome the aftermath of recent storms and flooding in Iowa
The recent floods in Iowa affected businesses as well as people causing a huge loss of property and lives

The seventh Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) of Iowa was opened in Story County to help individuals, households and businesses affected by Iowa's storms and flood.

A federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Story County was opened on September 7, 2010 to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Iowa's recent storms and flooding.

The DRC will be located at 1615 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 108, Ames, IA, 50010. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until further notice.
Story County's DRC is the seventh to open in the state. Those affected by the disaster may visit any DRC. DRCs in Delaware, Hamilton, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk and Wright counties are at the following locations:

  • Delaware County
    2655 210th St.
    Earlville, Iowa 52041
  • Hamilton County
    500 Fairmeadow Drive
    Webster City, Iowa 50595

  • Jasper County
    114 N. Walnut
    Colfax, IA 50054

    FEMA and SBA officials will be providing the updated recovery information in the DRCs

  • Mahaska County
    First Nazarene Church
    1215 Third St. East
    Oskaloosa, IA 52577

  • Polk County
    The Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa
    1740 Garfield Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50316

  • Wright County
    Clarion Police & Fire Department
    120 First Ave., SW
    Clarion, Iowa 50526

All DRCs will be open Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Until further notice, DRC hours in Delaware, Hamilton, Jasper, Polk, Story and Wright counties are as follows:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mahaska County DRC will close on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information, access the DRC Locator to search for locations, services offered, and driving directions.

Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available at the DRCs to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs from other federal and state agencies also are available to individuals and business owners. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at DRCs.

At the DRC, visitors also may:

  • Get help completing applications for federal low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations
  • Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance
  • Obtain referrals to voluntary organizations that may help with immediate unmet needs
  • Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses

SBA disaster loans cover costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid; and for small businesses, such loans cover working capital needs caused by the disaster.

Before visiting a DRC, first register with FEMA online; or by calling toll-free, +1 800 621 FEMA(3362) or TTY, +1 800 462 7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, until further notice.

Disaster information and recovery resources are available directly from your smart phone at FEMA's new mobile website

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