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FEMA and SBA Disaster Assistance Deadline is July 1, 2019

Disaster survivors who register for assistance with FEMA may be eligible for grants to help pay for renting a place to live until their primary residence can be repaired, to pay for minor structural repairs, to replace essential personal property and/or to pay for disaster-related medical or dental needs not covered by insurance.

Some survivors may have more significant damage and will need a larger amount of money to help with their recovery. For those situations, a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA may be the best option.
 
If you applied for FEMA assistance because of losses from severe storms and flooding you will receive a determination letter confirming a grant amount, read the document to the end.  The letter may state your application for federal assistance is ‘ineligible at this time’ and provides specific information to correct the application.


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FEMA and SBA Assistance

More Information - Read Your Determination Letter to the End

Also Find Additional Details Below Regarding Local and One-on-One Resources.

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Flood Recovery Overview Document
Includes information on Recovery, Rebuilding, Inspection and Permit Application Requirements

By City Council Resolution, permit fees are waived as follows: 
For public safety, and the purpose of re-entry and re-occupance of properties impacted by recent flooding, the City of Davenport is waiving all necessary and applicable City permit fees for flood recovery and building restoration activities.  The waiver of said fees is contingent upon the completion of a Damage Assessment by City of Davenport staff or their designee.

Individual/Property Owner Disaster Assistance
Business Recovery Center, Eastern Iowa Community College, 101 W 3rd St, Suite #111, Davenport, IA. Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 6pm, Fridays, 8 am to 4:30 pm.  1.800.659.2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. 

Small Business Disaster Assistance

Business Recovery Center, Eastern Iowa Community College, 101 W 3rd St, Suite #111, Davenport, IA. Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 6pm, Fridays, 8 am to 4:30 pm.  1.800.659.2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. 

Contracting Flood Recovery and Restoration Services

Property repair, restoration and improvement can be costly. Sometimes dishonest people will use repair schemes to defraud consumers.

Consider the following when selecting a contractor.

If you believe you have experienced fraud call the State Attorney General's Office at 1-515-281-5164 for immediate assistance.  You should report all cases of suspicious offers or fraudulent deals.

  • Ask for proof of licensing or call our Building Division at 563.326.7745 to find out if a contractor maintains required licensing and bond. In Davenport, General Contractors are required to hold city-specific licensing in addition to required state licensing. 
  • Ask for proof liability insurance.
  • Consider obtaining several detailed estimates before deciding on a contractor.  Be sure to ask first to see if there will be a charge for the estimate.  Do not automatically assume that the lowest bid is the best.
  • After you decide on a contractor, get an agreement in writing with a written guarantee.  Be sure all labor and materials are listed in detail.
  • Remember, you do not have to talk to anyone on the telephone or in-person.  You do not have to let people into your home.
  • Do not give your credit card or bank account information to anyone you have not done business with before. Pay by check, never cash.  Arrange to make payments in installments but only for work that is completed.
  • Do not be high pressured into a decision.
  • Ask for, and check on, references.  Keep in mind that certain references may be working cooperatively with the company.
  • Take pictures if necessary.
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Emotional Health and Assistance

It is common for people to experience a wide range of emotional reactions following a disaster. These are normal feelings that may last for many months after the flooding.

For those impacted by flooding, repair work, financial burden, prolonged stress, and ongoing red tape with agencies and insurance companies can leave feelings of depression, frustration, anger, anxiety, and sadness.

There is help, and it is free.  The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have established a help hotline for individuals who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping with recent and ongoing flooding. 

Iowa Concern 24-hour line 1-800-447-1985.

View full press release and website details at this link.

Flood Debris

Insurance carriers may provide guidance. Be sure to document damages before disposing flood debris. 

Property owners are required to coordinate flood debris removal with a private waste hauler.

Know that waste separation guidelines apply to flood debris collection and disposal.  Waste separation guidelines can be found at this link

Legal Assistance

Free legal assistance is available to survivors of Scott County affected by the severe storms and flooding from March 12 through May 16 and included in the presidential disaster declaration. 

Survivors facing disaster-related legal issues can call 833-885-9876 toll free, 9 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, to request assistance. When connected to the hotline voicemail, callers should leave their name, phone number, brief details of the assistance needed and the county where they are located. Those who qualify are matched with Iowa lawyers who can provide legal help.

Find details at this link. 

Sandbag Disposal

For sandbag pick-up call 563.326.7923 or place a request for pick-up online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com.  Sandbags must be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic. We will not pick up sandbags we have not received a request for.

State/Other Resources