Missouri River flooding at Monona/Harrison County line

Federal, state and local officials this week will begin damage assessments of homes impacted by flooding along the Missouri River.

Joyce Flinn, with the Iowa Emergency Management Division, says the inspection teams will include representatives from her office as well as FEMA and the Small Business Administration. “This will actually be an aerial assessment at this time because many of those homes are inundated with water,” Flinn said.

The assessments will begin Wednesday (July 6) in Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont Counties. Flinn says an assessment of homes in Woodbury County will be conducted later.

The work will help state officials who are seeking federal funding to assist Iowans in repairing or rebuilding their homes. “There are different degrees of damage, but if a home sits in a lot of water for several months – regardless if it’s eight feet of water or three feet of water – it’s probably going to be destroyed,” Flinn said.

State officials currently estimate more than 500 homes, mostly in rural Iowa, have major damage or have been destroyed in the Missouri River flooding.

(photo courtesy Iowa Governor’s office)